Labor holds resources industry to ransom with new tax


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The Palaszczuk Labor Government has dealt another blow to Queensland jobs and the resources industry by slugging mining companies with a new tax.

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington said increasing taxes on resources companies was Annastacia Palaszczuk's way of silently killing off new coal mines.

"Make no mistake, this is tax number six under Annastacia Palaszczuk and it proves she is anti-jobs, anti-resources and anti-regions," Ms Frecklington said.

"Queenslanders won't be fooled by Jackie Trad, who today told the resources industry that her new mining tax was voluntary, but if they didn't pay it, Labor will raise mining royalties anyway.

"This new tax will put even more pressure on the resources industry and will cost jobs.

"Queensland Labor is already getting an extra $1 billion dollar from coal royalties. They should be investing more of that into infrastructure.    

"The new levy is to hide the fact Labor is squandering the existing royalties. 

"When Labor run out of money, they come after yours.

"Jackie Trad is selling out the jobs of Queenslanders to save her own job. 

"Regional Queenslanders want more jobs and greater job security, but this tax hit undermines the future of many regional communities.

"This tax will slowly kill our mines and the livelihoods of regional Queenslanders who depend on them.

"These mining companies are already bound by community service obligations and this is quite simply double dipping.

LNP Shadow Minister for Natural Resources Dale Last said the new tax jeopardised Queensland coal exports and jobs.

"Queensland must remain globally competitive if we want to see continued investment and jobs created," Mr Last said.

"Regional Queensland should be getting our fair share of royalties – but we aren't under Labor.

"Labor need to start listening to regional Queenslanders and treat these people with respect instead of taxing them out of existence.

"Instead, the Palaszczuk Labor Government is hell-bent on destroying the resources industry and regional jobs."

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Deb Frecklington : Leader of the Liberal National Party (LNP) of Queensland
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