If the Greens hold the balance of power after this election, Queensland jobs will go! Don't risk it. Put your job first, vote Greens last.
PUT YOUR JOB FIRST, VOTE GREENS LAST
The QRC has launched an awareness campaign to encourage Queensland voters to put their job first and vote the Greens last at the State Election on 31 October.
Why? Because if the Greens hold the balance of power after this election, their influence on the Queensland Government will bring to an end the future of the mining and gas industry and the jobs of hundreds of thousands of Queenslanders who work in it, and whose businesses rely on it.
The Greens have made it clear they:
x are against new mining projects
x want to put an end to the existing mining and gas industry
x want to terminate existing mining leases in the Galilee Basin
x and want to increase royalty taxes on resources by $50 billion which will destroy our industry’s viability and sustainability.
No-one knows how long the COVID pandemic will last, so now is not the time to risk a single job and Queensland’s financial security by voting for the Greens or putting them anywhere but last on your ballot paper. The Greens want to shut mining and gas operations down and put at risk the jobs of the 372,000 people employed in the resources sector; and threaten the viability of the 14,400 businesses that rely on our industry for their livelihoods.
And that’s just resources! Jobs in fishing, forestry, tourism and farming are also at risk from the extreme policies of the Greens.
It’s time for voters to plan for the worst and hope for the best by making job security and the Queensland economy their top priority at the October 31 election.
As an industry, we are asking Queenslanders to vote the Greens last on their ballot paper, so they don’t unintentionally vote in a minority State Government controlled by the extreme Greens.
The QRC will work constructively with whichever political party wins government. This will ensure the mining and gas industry can continue to keep working, producing and earning to strengthen Queensland’s economy – but we can’t do that if the Greens are in control of the State Government.
Without mining and gas holding up the state economy right now, Queensland would be in dire financial straits. Queensland’s resources industry contributed $63 billion in exports to the state economy last year and $5.3 billion in royalty taxes to help fund government services such as nurses, doctors, teachers, roads, schools and hospital and health facilities throughout the state. The Greens’ anti-mining and anti-gas policy will end up costing Queensland jobs and money that we cannot afford to lose.
By supporting the resources sector, you are supporting jobs and economic stability and recovery at a time when we can’t take that for granted.
Did you know the QRC fully supports the transition to more renewable power?
✓ Our members produce copper and rare earths that make magnets for wind farm generators and electric car motors!
✓ Our members produce coking coal which is used to make steel to make wind farm towers!
✓ Our members produce silica and limestone which make glass and bauxite, which are used to produce aluminium that is used in the manufacture of solar panels!
✓ Our members supply minerals that make batteries!
✓ Our members supply fast response baseload power to back up solar farms at night, and wind farms when the wind doesn’t blow or blows too hard!
And unlike the Greens, the QRC does not oppose any wind farm projects. We even supply the raw materials to build them.
QRC sees the development of new wind farms as an important step as we transition to lower emission electricity, and like any resource or energy project, they will be developed through a comprehensive, transparent assessment and approval process.
Queensland – rich in coal, gas and renewable energy sources – has a golden opportunity to be Australia’s No. 1 ‘Energy State’. We’re lucky we have a full energy mix available to generate electricity to provide power to energy-dependent jobs, businesses and communities. That’s why the QRC supports the innovative CopperString Project in North West Queensland; the establishment of the State Government-owned renewable energy company CleanCo; and the continued operation of the State Government-owned fleet of coal and gas-fired generators operated by CS Energy and Stanwell.
The creation of renewable energy, like most pieces of infrastructure and everyday item used by Queenslanders, relies on coal, metals and gas to become a reality.
Please remember the hundreds of thousands of Queensland men and women who work very hard to produce these commodities and service the resources industry – which benefits every Queenslander through royalty taxes, export earnings and job and business opportunities – when you go to vote on 31 October.
Put your job first, vote Greens last
QRC’s campaign includes radio ads, digital banners, a flyer and a billboard to reach voters in targeted Queensland seats.
Discover more about Queensland's resources industry
Across 2018-19, the resources industry contributed $74 billion to the State’s economy and supporting 372,000 full-time jobs.
This information is gathered primarily from QRC’s annual Economic Contribution data collection. Each year, QRC collects a full year of confidential industry spending data and an independent expert then completes detailed economic models based on this data. This resource industry data allows us to track spending to the postcode level and show exactly how that benefits every corner of Queensland.
To find out more, see below.
Keeping our people and communities safe
Queensland’s resources industry understands community concerns about the spread of COVID-19 and has implemented every procedure under the national protocol as well as their own measures where needed. These measures include social distancing, temperature checking and sanitisation.
To find out more around how QRC member companies are adhering to protocols, see below.
Supporting local businesses
For a global industry, local content remains crucial to Queensland’s resources operations. The industry looks to local suppliers as a way of reducing costs, reducing risks and increasing the long-term sustainability of their communities.
Local purchases of goods and services is good news for our local economy too. Local spending creates local jobs, creating opportunities that keep communities vibrant.
To find out more around how the industry supports local businesses, see below.
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