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