FIFO de­ci­sion

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

LAST week, the Lib­eral Na­tional Party in Queens­land have com­mit­ted them­selves to not mak­ing the same dumb de­ci­sion that the La­bor Party made on 100% FIFO when they were in govern­ment.

Jeff Seeney’s state­ment this week that the Queens­land Govern­ment would not ap­prove any new 100% FIFO ap­pli­ca­tions is wel­come news for the com­mu­ni­ties dev­as­tated by the La­bor Party’s treach­ery.

It was a slap in the face for many mine work­ers in Mo­ran­bah, who once thought the La­bor Party stood up for the work­ers, to see the Bligh La­bor govern­ment cast them aside to al­low 100% FIFO at Caval Ridge and Dau­nia mines.

La­bor’s crit­i­cism of the LNP for not re­vers­ing La­bor’s dumb de­ci­sion smacks of hypocrisy, es­pe­cially when the lo­cal MP, Tim Mul­herin, can­not even bring him­self to ad­mit he was part of cab­i­net that made the dumb de­ci­sion in the first place, let alone apol­o­gise to the work­ers he shafted.

Re­gional Federal and State Mem­bers from the LNP have lob­bied hard to end the re­gional dis­crim­i­na­tion of FIFO and this week’s com­mit­ment is only half the bat­tle.

BMA’s con­tin­ued pol­icy of 100% FIFO at Dau­nia and Caval Ridges are can­cers on the in­dus­try and I will con­tinue to lobby BMA to change their pol­icy vol­un­tar­ily or for the State Govern­ment to force fair­ness back into the work­force.

Ge­orge Chris­tensen FEDERAL MEM­BER FOR DAW­SON

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