Please ex­plain

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

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

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