Federal Govt urged to 'get out of the way' of LNG approval
THE Coalition government is being urged to fast-track approvals for billions of dollars worth of major resource developments to head off a looming jobs crunch as projects now under construction move to production.
News Ltd reports the situation is most acute in Queensland, where thousands of jobs will be lost as the peak construction workforce at Gladstone's three liquefied natural gas facilities falls away sharply from mid-next year.
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman said he had told Tony Abbott the federal government should "get out of the way".
The Abbott government has promised to streamline environmental approvals and give decision-making powers on federal matters to the states.
Mr Newman's LNP government gave environmental approval this week for Arrow Energy's $15 billion proposed fourth LNG facility at Gladstone, setting a 30-day deadline for the commonwealth government to make a decision.
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