At Parliament House on Thursday, Premier Campbell Newman briefed the head honchos of the state’s industries on their current stalemate with the Federal Government.
At Parliament House on Thursday, Premier Campbell Newman briefed the head honchos of the state’s industries on their current stalemate with the Federal Government.

Newman calls for support from industry

THE heavyweights of Queensland's tourism, mining, construction and agricultural industries have been asked to weigh in on the battle between the federal and state governments over the major development approval process.

At Parliament House on Thursday, Premier Campbell Newman briefed the head honchos of the state's industries on their current stalemate with the Federal Government.

Last week, the Queensland Government approved the Alpha Coal Mine project in the Galilee Basin and forwarded it to the Federal Government for approval.

Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke criticised Queensland's approval process of the major project and a political to-and-fro over the system ensued.

Addressing the industry figures on Thursday, Mr Newman asked for their support.

"You are all influential people, that is why you are here," he said.

"You all talk to people on the other side of the political fence and you talk at a federal level as well.

"I would appreciate you helping us by… sending a message that Queensland needs to take the economy forward, that we will protect the environment and we ask them to do that in partnership with the Commonwealth.

"We must work as a team in the interests of our state."

Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney and Mr Burke met in Sydney on Thursday in an attempt to resolve the ongoing disagreement.

At the Council of Australian Governments meeting in April, Mr Newman said he asked Prime Minister Julia Gillard to delegate the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act to his government to hear their options for change.

Mr Newman said he offered to embed Federal Government officials in his government to consider the EPBCA matters.

"I think that is a position of the upmost good faith," he said.

"We need to protect the environment, we need to meet our international obligations but need to ensure project approvals are streamlined."

This was a problem that would not only affect the mining and resources industry but also the tourism, construction and agriculture industries, Mr Newman warned.

Opposition Leader Annastacia Palaszczuk accused the LNP of putting politics above jobs.

"The LNP has no jobs strategy, it has no environment strategy and no economic strategy. All it has is a political strategy," she said.



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