LABOR TOLD: ‘DON’T GO COLD ON COAL’

 Federal Shadow Minister for Resources, Senator Susan McDonald has hailed the opening of Olive Downs steel-making coal mine in Central Queensland, and urged the Albanese Government to remove impediments on the coal sector.

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MOSSMAN MILL CLOSURE A FAILURE OF LABOR LEADERSHIP

This is a total failure of leadership by Premier Steven Miles and Prime Minister Athony Albanese.  Sadly, the people of Mossman will pay the price for Labor’s disinterest and apathy towards an iconic far northern business, in an iconic Queensland industry.

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DARWIN MIDDLE ARM HEARINGS “FARCICAL”

Shadow Minister for Resources and for Northern Australia, Senator Susan McDonald, has labelled a Greens-led Senate Inquiry into the Northern Territory’s Middle Arm development precinct a “farce” amid revelations witnesses at this week’s Darwin hearings had been threatened with “tribal punishment”.

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GAS REPORT HIDES LABOR’S REAL INTENTIONS

Today’s release of the ACCC Quarterly Gas Inquiry report claims that there will be no gas shortfalls this year, however it hides Labor’s true colours on gas supply. Shadow Minister for Resources, Senator Susan McDonald, highlighted that the ‘surplus’ of gas on the east coast was in fact due to a decrease in demand as manufactures close Australian operations, rather than increased supply.

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EASTER FISH FEASTS UNDER THREAT FROM LABOR’S NET BAN

Shadow Minister for Northern Australia, Senator Susan McDonald, and Queensland seafood identities have warned the traditional Australian Easter fish banquet is under threat unless the Queensland and Federal Governments stand up to a UNESCO demand to ban net fishing and instead back the state’s well-regulated and sustainable commercial fishers.

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LABOR PUSHING GAS OFF THE CLIFF

Dire shortfall warnings from the energy market regulator, and reports of using diesel to prop up gas generators are yet another wakeup call for the Federal Government and its energy policies.
Senator Susan McDonald, Shadow Minister for Resources, said that thanks to Labor’s utter incompetence in managing our gas and energy market over the last two years, Australians can expect gas shortfalls earlier than first forecast.

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FLAT-FOOTED LABOR FAILS NICKEL

Today, the Government has finally accepted the Coalition’s advice to include nickel in the critical minerals list. Senator Susan McDonald, Shadow Minister for Resources, has highlighted that despite calling for nickel to be included in the Critical Minerals List in June last year, it has taken Labor an unfolding crisis to act.

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LABOR IDEOLOGICALLY AGAINST MAJOR CRIME CRACKDOWN

The sight of the Queensland Premier laughing when asked by a journalist about youth crime should outrage everyone.
But it’s no use campaigning for Labor to crack down on criminals – their own party rules prevent them from doing so.

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INCREASED COAL FORECAST PUTS THE LIE TO BOWEN’S FANTASY COP28 PLEDGES

Shadow Resources Minister, Senator Susan McDonald, has slammed Prime Minister Albanese for being too weak to rein in his Energy Minister from campaigning for an end to fossil fuels on the world stage, at a time when Australia’s coal production and exports are forecast to rise across coming years according to the December 2023 Resources and Energy Quarterly (REQ).

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OPINION: AUSTRALIA BECOMING UNINVESTABLE

Broken approvals processes for resources projects, activists in the courts and shareholder meetings, and an increasingly ideological government that has the wrong priorities threatens the prosperity of every Australian.

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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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