A campaign to advocate for Queensland’s resources industry and the 372,000 people who rely on it for jobs is long overdue, the Queensland Resources Council says.
QRC chief executive Ian Macfarlane was commenting after a number of major mining companies this week expressed opposition or suspended their membership of his organisation over its specific anti-Greens messaging in State election material.
He said an awareness campaign in targeted state seats to encourage voters to ‘put their job first and the Greens last’ was designed to start a conversation about the importance of the resources industry to the Queensland economy and to jobs.
Around the same time his public statement was released, a key target of anti-mining sentiment – Adani Australia – reported activists continuing to harass people travelling to work at its much-disputed Carmichael coal project, including throwing rocks and kicking the doors of cars and utes.
A key election policy of the Greens was to impose an additional $50 billion in extra taxes on the state’s resources sector over the next four years to fund green initiatives, effectively lifting the tax rate on resources by four to five times its current rate, Mr Macfarlane said.
“Resources has literally been a life raft for the Queensland economy this year, especially during COVID-19, where we’ve managed to maintain almost full production and employment under very difficult circumstances,” he said.
“It’s unfair on our workers, many of whom are based in regional and remote areas, not to speak out about a policy that is designed to destroy their jobs and companies, and the communities in which they operate.
“We want people to know that a vote for the Greens is a vote against the mining and gas industry and a vote against jobs and economic stability in Queensland and that will affect every one of us.”
Mr Macfarlane said the Greens had made it clear they were against new mining projects, wanted to terminate mining leases in the Galilee Basin and increase royalty taxes on resources.
“By running this awareness campaign, the QRC is saying to the people of Queensland – please be very careful about who you vote for on October 31, because a vote for the Greens is a vote against jobs and a vote against a post-COVID economic recovery,” Mr Macfarlane said.
“The next government in Queensland must show strong, intelligent leadership that takes into account the needs of all sectors in the community and not bow to the bullying of extreme environmental activists.”
Below: An example of the controversial QRC election campaign advertising.