Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - OPINION -

The fu­ture of this coast­line – par­tic­u­larly Mackay, Townsville and Rock­hamp­ton, and all the area be­hind it from Mo­ran­bah and Dysart to Char­ters Tow­ers and Emer­ald, whose en­tire economies are col­laps­ing be­cause of the ridicu­lous na­ture of the at­tacks on coal – hinges on the ex­ploita­tion of the Galilee Basin, with Adani’s $3 bil­lion in ex­ports and $6 bil­lion from other Galilee mines, and 90,000 jobs.

Yet I sat in Par­lia­ment and lis­tened to nine out of nine Aus­tralian La­bor Party mem­bers all stand up and at­tack coal, then tell us about the silly stuff on roofs that lasts only 15 years and loses 30 per cent un­less you clean it ev­ery nine days.

Not to men­tion the poor peo­ple who can’t af­ford so­lar – what, are they sup­posed to just go jump?

The coal min­ing ar­eas of Aus­tralia have given the La­bor Party just about ev­ery seat, ev­ery year, since we started min­ing coal in this coun­try, and this is the way we get re­paid by the ALP – a bunch of ab­so­lutely clas­sic bludgeri­gars.

Ev­ery sin­gle ALP Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment, State and Fed­eral, should be ut­terly ashamed of him­self or her­self for spit­ting on the peo­ple who have given sup­port for gen­er­a­tions.

Speak­ing on be­half of the work­ers, we are sick and tired of be­ing spat upon by a bunch of bludgeri­gars – and the ALP here is worse than LNP.

But the CFMEU won’t keep cop­ping this.

They have to have some sort of af­fil­i­ate re­la­tion­ship with the ALP for self­p­reser­va­tion be­cause the other mob wants to throw us all in jail.

But the CFMEU have al­ways fought like tigers for their mem­ber­ship.

They’re not just a path­way into a nice cushy Par­lia­ment job, like many unions to­day.

But for both Gov­ern­ments to give the con­trol of the coal­fields to one cor­po­ra­tion through a for­eign-owned rail line is be­yond be­lief.

The Govern­ment must build a multi­user rail line, owned by the peo­ple, to open Aus­tralia’s largest ther­mal coal re­serve, rather than close it down by giv­ing it away to a for­eign-owned cor­po­ra­tion.

Bob Katter, KAP Fed­eral Mem­ber For Kennedy

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