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LNP Demands Labor Release 'Secret Coal Report'

Local politicians have joined forces to demand the Queensland Labor Government release its 'Secret Coal Report'.  

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said the coal industry is very important to Capricornia, all of Queensland and the nation.

She said the only reason we even found out about this report is because a Journalist had a Freedom Of Information request and this [coal report] was attached to one of the reports he received.

"We see that the Queensland State Labor Government have had a report hidden in the bottom draw in the Premier's office, trying to disband the whole coal sector.

"Now this has put billions of dollars of royalties into the Queensland coffers, this is tens of thousands of jobs right across Queensland and here are the Labor party, once again, trying to stop the coal sector.

Ms Landry went on, "Have they not learnt their lesson after the Federal Election"?  

"People in Queensland, particularly in Central and North Queensland, were just livid of what the State Government was going to do.

"We saw the coal miners, the unions, turn against the Labor Government in droves and then you have people like Bob Brown coming up and trying to lecture us about the coal sector, well look how that ended.

"So they really have to get a grip of themselves and realise that the coal sector is really important for Capricornia and all of Queensland.

Ms Landry has called for this 'secret report' into the coal industry should be released by the Labor Government "so the people of Queensland know what they are doing behind closed doors".

She said the only reason we even found out about the report is because a Journalist had a Freedom Of Information request and this [coal report] was attached to one of the reports he received.

"So they have been caught in the act, they have been caught red handed with this" she said.  

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan said "Well I think for all of us in Central and North Queensland, Labor's plan to shut down the coal mining sector has been an 'open secret' for the last year".  

"These revelations just confirm what we all heard [Deputy Premier] Jackie Trad say six months ago, that she wants everybody in the coal mining sector to retrain.

"We know now that Jackie's outburst and attack on the coal sector was not some flight of fancy in the Queensland Parliament, it was a dedicated, committed plan from the Queensland Labor Party to put people out of work in coal mines right across Central and North Queensland.

Mr Canavan went on to say that, "This is from the Labor Party, the Labor Party have gone a long, long way from their roots at the 'tree of knowledge' in Barcaldine".

"They used to be a worker's party, they used to be a party that stood up for jobs, they used to fight for workers, but today they are a shadow of their former self.

He labelled Labor's coal industry plan "stupid" and accused the party of trying to shut down the nation's biggest export.

By Michelle Price