OPINION: HARM OF NET FISHING BANS WILL BE WIDESPREAD

Claims that banning commercial net fishing is necessary to protect the Great Barrier Reef and tourism jobs ignores the human cost of unnecessary and harsh government intervention, and also raises serious national security questions for North Queensland.

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OPINION: LAWFARE THREATENS ECONOMY

The Federal offshore oil and gas regulator is listing aimlessly in the murky waters of poor regulatory clarity, taxpayer-funded environmental lawfare, and a Government that seems intent on persecuting the oil and gas industry to appease Sydney and Melbourne elites.

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OPINION: GOVERNMENTS FAIL FIRE MANAGEMENT BASICS

Farmers and environmentalists alike must be alarmed by the lack of action by State and Federal Governments on fire management but there is still time for urgent action across Northern Australia to prevent further destruction.  As bushfires begin to rage, time is still available to prioritise clearing firebreaks, backburning and banning any firelighting activities, particularly in national parks. 

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QUEENSLAND RESOURCES COUNCIL 2023 ANNUAL LUNCH FORUM KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Labor governments have changed from understanding the need for mining investment for jobs and wealth generation, to adherents of the precautionary principle, an innocuous sounding but sinister approach to development and prosperity. They are now a genuine threat to Australia’s competitiveness for new jobs, new projects, and continued prosperity for the next generation.

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COAL STILL KING IN QUEENSLAND

Federal Shadow Minister for Resources, Senator Susan McDonald, has labelled Queensland and Federal Labor’s attacks on Australian coal mining “utter madness” as figures show coal’s enormous contribution to Queensland’s economy.

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OPINION: LABOR IS THREATENING OUR FOOD SECURITY

In just a short time, Labor will ban live sheep exports to the protein-starved Middle East, deprive Murray-Darling farmers of enough water to irrigate 100,000 hectares of prime growing land, remove funding for important new agricultural water projects in North Queensland, give the green light for wind farms and power lines to limit activity on  farms and offshore fishing, and announced a ban on commercial net fishing.

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LABOR’S WAR ON FISHING TO HURT CONSUMERS AS FISH PRICES SET TO RISE

Shadow Minister for Northern Australia, Senator Susan McDonald, said she was shocked when the hearings revealed the Federal Environment Minister and the Fisheries Minister had not sought advice on banning gillnets from the Australian Fisheries Management Authority (AFMA) or the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) before a letter was sent to UNESCO announcing the bans.

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MINERALS DEVELOPMENT NEEDED FOR NEXT CHAPTER OF MT ISA

Shadow Minister for Resources and for Northern Australia, Senator Susan McDonald, has called upon the Queensland and Federal Labor Governments to commit to the future economic strength of North West Queensland and the workforce of Mt Isa, and outline how it will support further development in the North West Minerals Province after Glencore’s decision to close Mt Isa Mines.

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LABOR-FUNDED LAWFARE BLOCKS NATURAL GAS APPROVALS

Shadow Minister for Resources, Senator Susan McDonald, said today’s Federal Court decision to overturn the regulator’s approval for a significant offshore natural gas project in Western Australia, was another example of Labor’s funding for green activists undermining Australia’s future prosperity.

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ADDRESS TO NORTHERN TERRITORY RESOURCES WEEK 2023

So I thank for the work you do; the work you have done and the work you will do – the contributions to building our modern society, in the workplace and economically, through safer workplaces, and well paid opportunities for a diverse workforce; taxes and royalties paid, contributions to regional communities as well as investments environmentally, and partnerships with traditional owners all of which often goes unseen and underappreciated by wider society.

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MINERALS WEEK, CANBERRA – KEYNOTE ADDRESS 2023

Federal Shadow Minister for Northern Australia, Senator Susan McDonald, and Federal Shadow Environment Minister, Jonno Duniam, have warned lovers of Australian seafood, meat and produce that the Albanese Government’s determination to appease UNESCO will result in food shortages, higher costs and more pain for primary producers.

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FISHERS, GRAZIERS AND GROWERS ON THE HOOK WITH LABOR AND UNESCO

Federal Shadow Minister for Northern Australia, Senator Susan McDonald, and Federal Shadow Environment Minister, Jonno Duniam, have warned lovers of Australian seafood, meat and produce that the Albanese Government’s determination to appease UNESCO will result in food shortages, higher costs and more pain for primary producers.

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THE CASE FOR “NO” TO A VOICE TO PARLIAMENT

Changing the Constitution is a big deal. It would have permanent outcomes. Change to the Constitution in an ill-considered way is not generous; it is unwise, and it risks the stable and successful nation that Australia is today. I cannot support this change to our Constitution.

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SPEECH TO THE WORLD 2023 MINING CONFERENCE, BRISBANE

From developments in the Bronze age, to the industrial revolution and the age of steam power, to the limitless potential of the future and yet undiscovered technologies, resources and minerals have and will remain crucial to the world’s prosperity and development.

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SENATOR DEMANDS ANSWERS ON ISLAND AIRSTRIPS DECISION

Shadow Minister for Northern Australia, Senator Susan McDonald, has demanded an urgent review of a decision to close Torres Strait Island airstrips after she questioned CASA staff in Senate Estimates last month about people having to risk their lives travelling in the Strait by boat.

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RADICAL ANIMAL ACTIVIST “THUGS, BULLIES AND TERRORISTS” NEED CLOSER SCRUTINY

Shadow Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Susan McDonald, has expressed horror that the Federal Department of Agriculture is “engaging with thugs, bullies and terrorists” from the animal liberation movement suspected of recently using an unverified video to target an abattoir and threatening a pork industry representative in an incident that has been referred to the Australian Federal Police.

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BUDGET FAILS NORTHERN AUSTRALIA

Shadow Minister for Northern Australia, Senator Susan McDonald has lashed the Federal Budget for cutting Northern water projects, lacking clarity in Northern roads funding, and burying spending on flood recovery for Gulf of Carpentaria, Kimberley and NT communities.

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SMALL-TOWN BANKS TO STAY OPEN

Shadow Minister for Northern Australia, Senator Susan McDonald, has welcomed news that Westpac will keep bank branches open permanently in Ingham, Tully and Cloncurry.

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