Toowoomba MPs blast 'greenfluence' over Acland mine
THE State Government has been influenced by Green activists in delaying the approval stage three of the Acland coal mine, Toowoomba's MPs claim.
Member for Toowoomba North Trevor Watts and Toowoomba South John McVeigh have centred their attacks on Mines Minister Anthony Lynham and urged him to "shake off" any intervention from the leftist groups.
Mr Watts said there had been a politically motivated intervention by the State Government which had stalled New Hope's Acland Stage 3 Coal Project following demands from extreme Green activist groups.
"Late last week, the Crime and Corruption Commission dismissed a complaint by the Lock the Gate Alliance and will not investigate the approval of the Acland Stage 3 Coal Project, citing a lack of evidence, so Minister Lynham needs to get it back on track," Mr Watts said.
Mr McVeigh said Minister Lynham needed to act decisively to take back the initiative from the left faction and Green activists influencing the State Government's policies in his portfolio, to encourage Queensland's resources and agriculture sectors.
"Minister Lynham also needs to reassert his authority over the administration of Queensland's vegetation management framework, after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk recently caved in to pressure from green groups and handed responsibility to the Deputy Premier," he said.
"The agriculture sector is angry that Minister Lynham's commitments to consult, and act only after a community roundtable had handed down a report, have been broken - the roundtable has only met once and has not produced a report."
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Shadow Minister for Mines Andrew Cripps has also voiced concerns.
He said the fact Minister Lynham had survived Labor's cabinet reshuffle meant he needed to ensure the important job-creating, economic development portfolios under his control are put to work and no longer captured by the left faction and green activists.
"The longer the Palaszczuk Government is run by union bosses and the extreme greens, the longer Queensland will be held back," he said.