HERVEY Bay MP Ted Sorensen has hit back at claims the LNP is taking jobs away from a struggling workforce on the Fraser Coast thanks to their stance on fly-in fly-out workers for the resources industry.
Employment minister Stirling Hinchliffe last week accused LNP politicians in Wide Bay, and in particular Gympie MP David Gibson, of denying local jobseekers access to FIFO jobs.
New figures released this month show Wide Bay has the highest unemployment rate in Queensland at 12.3%.
"It's time the LNP and Mr Gibson recognise that people can live in Hervey Bay, Gympie or on the Gold Coast - pay rates, raise families, buy groceries at home - and work in the mining industry," Mr Hinchliffe said.
Mr Sorensen defended his fellow LNP MP, labelling Mr Hinchliffe's comments as snide.
"When you have employment at an all time high of 12.3% why wouldn't you support initiatives that help to curb the unemployment rate," he said.
"What we support is choice for Queenslanders in where they live and work."
Fraser Coast Regional Council recently announced it hoped to attract a FIFO workforce to the region.
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