O'Dowd defends mine

Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd. file
Federal Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd. file

FEDERAL Member for Flynn Ken O’Dowd has defended coal mines that were called on by Greens leader Bob Brown to pay for Queensland’s flood clean-up.

Senator Brown blamed coal mines for contributing to climate change and called for the Commonwealth Government to impose the original version of the Resources Super Profits Tax.

However, Mr O’Dowd said on Monday the Greens may have a lot to answer for in their opposition of dam construction and undergrowth and debris clearing from dry creek beds.

“There are also questions over why more water was not progressively released from Wivenhoe Dam in the lead-up to the extreme weather event when forecasters had predicted a heavy wet season with a return to the La Nina weather patterns,” he said.

“Many scientists... are of the opinion that the La Nina floods and contrasting El Nino droughts which preceded them are part of a cyclical climate change system and have nothing to do with Queensland’s coal industry, which has itself been a victim of the flooding.”

Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has also called on Senator Brown to apologise for his “insensitive” comments.

“Senator Brown’s comments expose the Greens and his leadership as shallow and cynical; willing to peddle political propaganda in the face of a natural disaster,” Senator Abetz said.

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