LNP does not expect more 100% FIFO mines
THE LNP will not budge on their fly-in, fly-out policy despite the Labor party yesterday announcing it would scrap 100% FIFO practices.
Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said the LNP would not alter existing FIFO arrangements but did not expect a new 100% FIFO mine would be approved.
APN reported yesterday Labor would scrap 100% FIFO practices if elected, ahead of opposition leader Annastacia Palaszczuk announcing the policy in Moranbah.
Both parties accused the other of backflipping on the issue.
Mr Seeney said Labor's policy announcement was a backflip as the party approved the two current all-FIFO mines, BHP's Daunia and Caval Ridge.
"There are only two mines out of about 60 in Queensland that have up to 100% FIFO work arrangements and these arrangements were approved by the previous government during the height of the mining boom," he said.
"While mining workplace arrangements are decided by the independent Coordinator-General not politicians, we cannot foresee a time when 100% FIFO workforce arrangements would be needed in Queensland for future mining projects."
However, Ms Palaszczuk argued the LNP had reneged on an election pledge.
"It was Campbell Newman who promised regional Queenslanders he wouldn't tolerate 100% FIFO prior to the last election before going back on his promise as soon as he was elected," she said.
"My commitment to Queenslanders that live in mining communities is that under the next Labor Government, 100% FIFO proposals will not be approved and we will review all existing 100% FIFO approvals within the first 100 days of office."
Shadow mining minister Jo-Ann Miller said Labor would increase miner's mental health programs if elected.
"There is strong evidence to suggest that some FIFO workers suffer from serious mental illnesses due to the unique nature of their work arrangements," Mrs Miller said.
"The policy Labor has released today includes a focus on mental health to ensure there's adequate access to 24-hour support."
- APN NEWSDESK