Seen to be green

The Morning Bulletin - - YOUR SAY - FRAZER PEARCE Ed­i­tor

SCENE: State Trea­surer Jackie Trad (pic­tured below) and Pre­mier Anas­ta­sia Palaschuk drink­ing cof­fee at Par­lia­ment House a few weeks ago.

Trad: You know that prob­lem we with have with sup­port­ing the coal in­dus­try and also wear­ing a green tinge?

Pre­mier: Yes.

Trad: I have a so­lu­tion.

Pre­mier: Do tell.

Trad: We whack a big fee on the mines for re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

Pre­mier: That’s ge­nius. Trad: Thanks. Al­most as good as your idea to veto Adani’s $1b NAIF loan for the rail line the Carmichael Mine.

Pre­mier. Yes ..... what was my ex­cuse for that again?

Trad: We wouldn’t al­low any tax payer money to go to a min­ing com­pany. Even tough it was a fed­eral loan to build key in­fra­struc­ture to en­hance job growth and de­vel­op­ment in North­ern Aus­tralia.

Pre­mier: Ah, that’s right. The opin­ion polls were pretty scary dur­ing the elec­tion thanks to the coal-is-evil end-of-the-world, great-bar­rier-reef is dead, we’ll-run-out-of- latte, Gree­nie scare cam­paign.

Trad: This mine re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion tax will show the greens that see we are su­per se­ri­ous about pro­tect­ing the en­vi­ron­ment, while we con­tinue to open up more mines - $5 bil­lion a year in coal roy­al­ties is pretty hard to ig­nore, ker ching. Come to think, it would go a long way to pay­ing for the cross river rail?

Pre­mier: $5b is se­ri­ous moolah. But we still need to put $200m aside for the $1b Rocky ring road.

Trad: Of course. But I reckon Bill (Shorten) is a fed­eral elec­tion cer­tainty and he’ll stump up $1b so Rocky won’t need that $200m.

Pre­mier: Just in case, hey? Trad: Sure. I’m the Trea­surer for all of Queens­land.

Pre­mier: You know your seat re­minds me a bit of Went­worth and we know what hap­pened there re­gard­ing coal sup­port.

Trad: It’s not easy be­ing a green-seat trea­surer in a coal pow­ered econ­omy.

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