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Labor backs Galilee Basin and Abbot Point growth

LABOR is not opposed to Adani's Carmichael Mine development or the expansion of the Abbot Point coal port, Queensland shadow treasurer Curtis Pitt said yesterday.

Mr Pitt was in Mackay to meet with Chamber of Commerce and local industry representatives and support the candidate for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert.

"We need to make sure they (the business community) know Labor's position on important projects affecting this area.

"Labor supports development of the Galilee Basin, but not taxpayer dollars going to project components without disclosing the amount.

"The Adani group has confirmed it will go ahead

regardless of government input.

"The LNG industry was established under Labor and without taxpayer money going to the proponents," Mr Pitt said.

Adani had also announced it was going ahead regardless of who won the election, he said.

"The only people making mischief about the Adani project is the LNP.

"On Abbot Point, we have been clear we are not opposed to expansion... and when we released a policy on disposal of dredge spoil, the Queensland Resources Council labelled it an encouraging bipartisan approach to port development."

Ms Gilbert said Labor had plans to ease youth unemployment in Mackay.

Topics:  coal labor policy port support


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