Queensland Greens Senator Andrew Bartlett says Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s complaints about non-existent Adani jobs shows their pre-election promises of ample ongoing jobs in the region from new coal mines were concoctions.
"Labor knew the jobs Adani promised were fake well before the election but fed the lie to Queenslanders because they had to pretend they had a plan for regional jobs to win.
Adani’s wildly exaggerated job figures were exposed long ago, with more and more new mines turning to an automated and casualised workforce.
So not only were the jobs Annastacia Palaszczuk and Adani promising mostly fake, those that were on offer were mostly temporary or unreliable: the opposite of what communities regional Queensland need after the last mining bust.
Queensland Labor need to abandon the false promises of new coal mines and embrace the tens of thousands of job opportunities waiting in major renewable energy generation projects, local infrastructure, health and social services, and mining rehabilitation.
With the Batman by-election looming, this is a reminder that you can’t trust what Labor says in the lead-up to an election.