FIFO bal­ance needed for so­cial fab­ric

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today -

M E M B E R f o r D a l - r y m p l e S h a n e Knut h h a s called on the S t a t e Gov - ern­ment to ur­gently ad­dress se­ri­ous so­cial prob­lems aris­ing from the re­gion’s fly-in, fly-out mine work­ers.

Mr Knuth this week ques­tioned the Min­ing Min­is­ter Stir­ling Hinchliffe in State Par­lia­ment on re­cent me­dia re­ports of in­creased vi­o­lence and so­cial dis­rup­tion in min­ing com­mu­ni­ties.

‘‘ Will the min­is­ter com­mit to sup­port re­al­is­tic fly-in fly­out per­cent­ages to en­sure the bal­ance is re­turned to sus­tain fam­ily-friendly com­mu­ni­ties and choice f or work­ers?’’ Mr Knuth asked Mr Hinchliffe.

Mr Knuth said there had been a mas­sive in­crease in vi­o­lence and so­cial dis­rup­tion. ‘‘ We need to get back to a bal­ance to sus­tain fam­ily friendly com­mu­ni­ties,’’ he said.

Mr Knuth claimed the in­creas­ing per­cent­age of fly-in­fly-out work­ers was alarm­ing and was de­stroy­ing the so­cial fab­ric of many re­gional com­mu­ni­ties. He said if the is­sue was not ad­dressed the is­sues would only es­ca­late.

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