Cana­van crit­i­cises Brunker’s naivety

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - JOHN AN­DER­SEN

BUR­DEKIN can­di­date Mike Brunker’s claim that a $ 1 bil­lion con­ces­sional loan to Adani was a “fed­eral mat­ter” that the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment did not have a lot to do with has been de­scribed as “naive and mis­lead­ing”.

Fed­eral Re­sources and North­ern Aus­tralia Min­is­ter Matt Cana­van at­tacked the La­bor can­di­date for dis­miss­ing the po­ten­tial $ 1 bil­lion for the Adani coal project’s rail line from the Na­tional Aus­tralia In­fra­struc­ture Fa­cil­ity as “a fed­eral loan”.

Sen­a­tor Cana­van said that un­der the NAIF leg­is­la­tion, the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment re­quired the co- op­er­a­tion of states to pro­vide in­vest­ments.

“We can­not use the NAIF to make the loan di­rectly … to the project with­out Queens­land sign­ing the project fi­nance doc­u­ment,” he said.

Sen­a­tor Cana­van said Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk’s de­ci­sion to veto any loan from NAIF would po­ten­tially cause dis­rup­tion and un­cer­tainty.

“There has been an in­ter­nal brawl in the Queens­land La­bor Party for 12 months about the Adani project and Deputy Pre­mier Jackie Trad and the Left wing have won,” Sen­a­tor Cana­van said.

“Now the Greens have said if they win Ms Trad’s seat at the elec­tion, they will sup­port La­bor in par­lia­ment – but only if La­bor com­pletely kills off the Adani project and pre­sum­ably the other five coal projects pro­posed for the Galilee Basin that would pro­vide 15,000 di­rect jobs for Queens­lan­ders.”

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