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QLD Opposition leader accuses LNP of back-room mine deals

Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk.
Opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk. Sharyn O'Neill

THE Queensland opposition leader is accusing the LNP government of making "dodgy" back-room deals with the mining industry before releasing it's mine water discharge plan to the public.

Annastacia Palaszczuk says deputy premier Jeff Seeney needs to come clean on any negotiations made with the resources sector before releasing the plans a fortnight ago.

Ms Palaszczuk says the Newman government held talks with the mining industry before going public with the plans, but ignored the concerns of councils, farmers and environment groups.

"The Deputy Premier and the government found the time to sit down and talk to the mining companies about this deeply flawed plan while at the same time disregarding the views of other important groups," says Ms Palaszczuk.

"The real story behind this plan is that earlier this month the Queensland Resources Council revealed it  had been provided draft legislation that changes the rules for discharging dirty water in to Rockhampton's water supply, about a month before it was made public."

She says the plans were released, despite widespread opposition from groups such as the Local Government Association, AgForce, the Farmer's Federation and environmental and green groups.

"This is another in a long line of underhanded moves by a government which has rapidly proven that it just cannot be trusted," Ms Palasczuk says.

"This is a government of secret deals and dodgy deals and the people of Rockhampton should be asking what it has to hide by dealing with one group of stakeholders but shutting the door on the concerns of others.

"The Economic Development Bill in its current form requires a decision on releasing contaminated water within 24 hours.

"It also specifies that the financial impacts on coal companies should be considered - but not those of downstream agricultural users.

"Clearly, the concerns of everyone - including the people of Rockhampton and in particular primary producers and environmentalists - and not just the mining companies should help formulate this policy."

Ms Palasczuk is visiting Rockhampton today where it's expected she will discuss the plan.

Topics:  australian labor party fitzroy river mine water discharge queensland politics rockhampton state government


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