Labors “Sell out of titanic proportions” comes to an end
Wednesday 30 August 2017
Queensland's Labor party has completed a massive political backflip this week, by cementing into law new rules stopping any large mine near a town having a 100% fly in fly out (FIFO) workforce.
The rules will apply to all resource projects less than 125 kilometres from town who have more than 100 workers.
However, the rules will not be retrospective, meaning miners who are currently flying to work will not lose their jobs.
The ruling also won’t affect Adani's plans to fly workers in and out of their proposed Carmichael Coal mine - because that mine is roughly 160 kilometres from Clermont.
There are only two projects in Queensland that would currently meet these criteria - BHP’s Daunia and Caval Ridge mines.
They both got approval for a 100% FIFO workforce under the Bligh Labor Government in 2011 outraging local communities and the CFMEU at the time.
People were particularly angry, when a media statement was released late on a Friday afternoon saying BMA had approval for 100% FIFO, providing it built 160 houses in Moranbah, and another 240 throughout the Bowen Basin, and kept at least 80% of its total workforce living locally.
However all parties - the union, community groups, local government leaders and BMA - agreed that the last condition was not legally enforced by the official Coordinator General’s approval of the mine.
CFMEU state secretary Jim Valery accused the state government of spin doctoring the facts.
“The government tried to bury this story from scrutiny by releasing it late on Friday afternoon and to muddy the waters with false claims and tough talk about project conditions,” he said.
“But really it’s a sell-out of titanic proportions.”