The Courier-Mail

Coal won’t create jobs


QUEENSLAND Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche made a number of incorrect assertions against me, but I agree with him that regional Queensland­ers are desperate for jobs ( C-M, Aug 26).

The coal industry will not be able to provide these jobs because the coal price is in decline. I am concerned by the failure of both our state and federal government­s to provide alternativ­es for coal workers who are losing their jobs. Adani has no finance for its Carmichael mine project and 12 internatio­nal banks have ruled out financing it.

If Adani were to somehow find finance, for example through the Abbott Government’s plan to give it a taxpayer-funded handout, the mine and port would threaten jobs in agricultur­e and tourism by exacerbati­ng climate change and by direct impacts on groundwate­r and the Great Barrier Reef. We need to take advantage of the trade and job opportunit­ies of renewable energy. Larissa Waters, Greens senator for Queensland

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