RICHARD Dennis said “in a democracy, power is the ability to talk crap and get and away with it and nobody talks more crap than coal companies”.
Local MPs appear to have run out of puff in the great debate on Abbot Point, already resorting name calling in an attempt to confuse and scare their constituents into compliance.
Why not give us some facts? Excluding the tax payer funded infrastructure spending how many actual direct, long term, jobs are going to result from the Galilee Basin Coal Mine and expansion of the underutilised Abbot Point Terminal?
Thus far the contract for the train line has been awarded to a Korean company, and driverless trains are planned. Not many local jobs there. When are we going to insist on the more than $17 Billion that has been spent in subsidies for mining companies over the last six years being spent on the Australian people? Queensland Treasury recently stated "over the last few years, Queensland has spent around $460 million on the construction and improvement of roads and bridges that directly service the mining industry ...These expenses are not cost recovered."
"...Governments face budget constraints and spending on mining-related infrastructure means less infrastructure spending in other areas, including social infrastructure such as hospitals and schools."
Is the Queensland Treasury part of the extreme green terrorist anti-mining movement also? Kirsten Grace BRANDY CREEK