Mine safety 'at risk'

MINING Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said yesterday Queensland's mine safety record would be at risk under the LNP's newly announced resources strategy.

Mr Hinchliffe told State Parliament nothing was more important than the safety and health of the men and women who work in Queensland's resources sector.

"Each and every one of them has a fundamental right to return home safely at the end of their shift," he said.

"Queensland has one of the best mine safety records in the world and the best mine safety legislation in the country. But our tough safety laws will be at risk if the LNP has its way."

Mr Hinchcliffe said the LNP planned to abolish the mine safety levy that is currently funded by industry and have taxpayers foot the bill.

"It would be a grave mistake to water down Queensland's tough safety regime," he said.

"We've just had the first anniversary of the Pike River disaster in New Zealand, a tragedy that took the lives of 29 mine workers, including two Queenslanders."

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