Sep 02, 2020

Stoush over interim coal safety report

Stoush over interim coal safety report

The LNP is calling for the Queensland Government to release a report on the Grosvenor mine explosion and resources industry safety.

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham received the interim report from Queensland’s Coal Mining Board of Inquiry this week.

Opposition spokesman for mines Dale Last said he believed all Queenslanders, especially resources communities and workers, deserved to know its contents.

Opposition spokesman for mines Dale Last.

“While the Palaszczuk Labor Government continues to dither on mine safety in Queensland, eight lives have been lost in the past two years,” he said.

“Labor’s record on mine safety is dire and dangerous.

“The failure to monitor and regulate operations at Grosvenor mine shows there are serious institutional problems within the inspectorate.”

Dr Lynham, who has been travelling across regional Queensland this week, said the interim report would be considered and, importantly, advice would be taken on any implications before making any decisions about its release. 

“The LNP did nothing to advance the safety of Queensland mine workers during their three years in government, as such our Government will consider and act on the evidence-based recommendations of the Board of Inquiry, rather than the electioneering of the Member for Burdekin,” he said.

Mr Last said the LNP had repeatedly called for a full bipartisan Parliamentary inquiry into safety in the resources industry as this was the only way that the community, industry and workers couldhave their say on what was really going on.