The Palaszczuk Government will not allow the LNP to “put the entire sugar industry at risk” as the Australian Sugar Milling Council (ASMC) has warned.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the statement by the ASMC Chief Executive Officer Dominic Nolan was a damning indictment on the LNP and its impact on jobs and investment in regional Queensland.
In his statement, Mr Nolan said:
“The LNP is putting at risk vitally important jobs and investment across regional Queensland. The direct economic contribution of the sugar industry to Queensland in 2016-17 will be in excess of $4 billion across growing, milling and refining activities. The milling sector alone will be more than $2 billion”.
“This is a bad development for all mill companies, and for the Queensland sugar industry.”
The Premier said the LNP sacked 14,000 workers when they were office and drove up unemployment to 6.6% in Government, now – in Opposition – they are threatening jobs and investment in the sugar industry,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
“In stark contrast, my Government is supporting investment and jobs in regional Queensland, including a $1 billion dedicated program of initiatives to fund projects and jobs with local councils and businesses.”
“We don’t need the LNP undermining our efforts by destroying jobs and investments in the sugar industry.”
The Premier said Mr Nolan’s statement was extraordinarily blunt and must be heeded by all community and business leaders.
“The LNP cannot work with employers or employees. Only my stable Government can work with Queenslanders. Only my stable Government can listen and deliver for Queensland.”
Attached media statement issued by the Australian Sugar Milling Council
Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk