Please ex­plain

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fire, ex­plo­sives, ve­hi­cles can achieve mass ca­su­al­ties too

I CAN be­lieve that the Adani coal mine will pro­vide em­ploy­ment to a re­gion which badly needs it.

But no-one can be­lieve that ei­ther the re­gion or the state will ben­e­fit if there is any gov­ern­ment sub­sidy of any kind for the mine or for its sup­port works.

We’re be­ing told that hun­dreds of mil­lions will be made avail­able.

Where will the next State Gov­ern­ment of what­ever sort get them from? By rais­ing the prices of wa­ter, elec­tric­ity, pub­lic trans­port and car rego, of course. And by suck­ing money out of the State’s econ­omy by sack­ing thou­sands of pub­lic ser­vants all at once. Next ques­tion.

All three ma­jor par­ties need to please ex­plain here – but es­pe­cially One Na­tion.

It’s not good enough just to flounce about say­ing that ev­ery­one is fed up. In­stead, One Na­tion should say flatly that it won’t sub­sidise any com­mer­cial de­vel­op­ments, but will take (ex­plained) ac­tion to en­sure that work­ers’ en­ti­tle­ments are fully paid up at all times, and can­not be stolen – af­ter which it can dare the LNP and La­bor make the same com­mit­ment.

Does One Na­tion have the eco­nomic re­spon­si­bil­ity and the po­lit­i­cal sense to do this?

There are many in north Queens­land who would like to know the an­swer. — Grant Agnew, Coop­ers Plains

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