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