Central Queensland’s industrial heartland is grappling with a renewables boom, but the mining union is worried the burgeoning sector won’t provide enough jobs.
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Toondah Harbour development east of Brisbane puts koala habitat at risk, community groups say as Priority Development Area provision questioned
There are now 34 PDAs across Queensland, adding up to some 82,572 hectares; At Toondah Harbour, residents said while the protected wetlands had received much attention, on-shore koala habitat was also at risk; Minister for State Development and Planning Steven Miles said PDAs were “vital” to the state’s economic recovery
Like many swing voters, Lyn Beardwood has been concerned about what she has read about in Canberra in recent times.
Kingaroy nut growers are considering different crops amid concern for the future; Peanut production in the area is dwindling because of unpredictable summer rainfall; Bega says its massive processing plant will stay in Kingaroy, despite fewer local nuts
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack and a secret group of government ministers intervened in the selection of more than a third of the projects funded from a $200m regional grant fund.
The ABC can reveal the mine was approved by the former federal environment minister Melissa Price without key protections strongly and repeatedly recommended by the Government’s own experts.
The federal seat of Groom in southern Queensland has only ever been held by the Liberals, Nationals or LNP; Locals will vote for their new MP at a by-election this Saturday, after John McVeigh resigned in September; The LNP won 70.5 per cent of the two-candidate preferred vote at the 2019 election and is expected to win the by-election
Multiple LNP sources say the Prime Minister wanted a woman preselected to run in the Groom by-election; Mining lobbyist and former MP Ian Macfarlane signed the ballots of two female candidates; Successful candidate Garth Hamilton denies there is a “women problem” within the party
Concerns are raised over how much local work will be created; An SA company says it cannot afford to risk increasing its workforce; ASC Shipbuilding has confirmed about 100 job losses from its Osborne shipyard
Defence Minister warns French designers of Australia’s submarine fleet after company questions local supplier capability
The chief executive of Naval Group questioned the capability of Australian suppliers in an interview with The Australian; Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said the Government would “hold Naval Group to account for the commitments they signed on for”; Defence Industry Minister Melissa Price has previously said there is no specific percentage requirement of Australian industry content included in the contract
Climate change deniers robbing Australia of time to respond to impacts, Science Minister Karen Andrews warns
Australia is wasting time debating the merits of climate change and should instead focus its attention on responding to the impacts it is having on the country, a senior Liberal minister has warned.
Adani’s key water management plan for its coal mine in Queensland was so flawed its outcomes were unreliable, scientists from the CSIRO warned federal Environment Minister Melissa Price’s department.
Environment Minister Melissa Price appoints former adviser as boss of Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
Josh Thomas is a former adviser to Ms Price and her predecessors Josh Frydenberg and Greg Hunt; Ms Price insists Mr Thomas’s appointment went through a “merit-based selection process”; Key environment groups say there were not consulted on the appointment
The proposed development overlaps with wetlands that are home to endangered migratory birds; Experts within the federal Department of Environment have consistently said the project is clearly unacceptable; Minister referred proposal for formal environmental assessment, which peak environment group says increases chances of it going ahead
Internal advice reveals the development would threaten dozens of species and critically endangered birds; Residents support the upgrade to the ferry terminals but not the housing development; The developer promises to restore roosting habitat and create new 3.5 hectare conservation area.
It seems inevitable that a bill calling for a wide-ranging inquiry into banks, insurers and superannuation providers would pass the Federal Parliament, after another Nationals MP pledged support for it.
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