Pre­mier’s trump?

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

ANASTASIA Palaszczuk’s La­bor govern­ment ini­tially backed away from of­fer­ing mil­lions in tax breaks to the Adani mine com­pany but now they have flipped again. The State Govern­ment is so des­per­ate to be re­turned to of­fice they won’t even rule out giv­ing a $1 bil­lion loan of tax­pay­ers’ money to this com­pany.

Adani re­cently an­nounced that it in­tends to pro­ceed with the Galilee Basin devel­op­ment.

Palaszczuk called it a “mo­men­tous day”. Adani is all about jobs for re­gional Queens­land! Sounds great, a vote win­ner. But it is not about sus­tain­able jobs, lim­it­ing the dan­gers of global warm­ing, main­tain­ing the un­der­ground

aquifer for farm­ers, avoid­ing more en­vi­ron­men­tal degra­da­tion and min­i­miz­ing risks to the GBR from co­ral bleach­ing and in­creased ship­ping. Nor can it pos­si­bly end up paving the way for a dodgy over­seas in­vestor to rip us off, run off with the prof­its and leave us with the debt and clean-up bill – or can it? Af­ter all, there is a rea­son the big banks don’t want to fund Adani. Given the huge po­lit­i­cal spin one can only con­clude that there must be a state elec­tion loom­ing. The des­per­ate pre­mier has de­cided to take Don­ald Trump’s lead – af­ter all, his po­lit­i­cal catchcry of “I will make Amer­ica great again!” and “jobs, jobs, jobs for Amer­i­can work­ers!”

cer­tainly worked for him in mid-west USA. So why not here for Palaszczuk, a for­ward­look­ing, pro­gres­sively minded pre­mier, lead­ing re­gional Queens­lan­ders into an eco­nom­i­cally bliss­ful fu­ture?

Yes, Palaszczuk is sound­ing very Trump­ish - po­lit­i­cally self-mo­ti­vated and short­sighted. — Bev­er­ley Fontes Air­lie Beach

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