Media release

Qld Premier and Treasurer wasting taxpayers’ money to save political lives: Palmer

Clive Palmer has criticized the Palaszczuk Government’s lack of business nous and imagination in developing new mining business and future state revenues for Queensland.

Commenting on the Queensland Government’s recent announcement of its half a billion dollar Mount Isa Line plan, Mr Palmer said Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk and Treasurer Jackie Trad were using taxpayers’ money to provide lower rail freight charges for existing mineral producers such as Glen Core on the Mount Isa Line.

“Multi-nationals with established businesses along the Mount Isa Line are profiting from State Government hand-outs,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“The Premier and her Treasurer would be best to act wisely and invest taxpayer monies in developing new mineral businesses and power plant infrastructure within Queensland’s North West Mineral Province and Galilee Coal Basin.

“Affordable power delivered from the Galilee Basin to the North West Mineral Province is one sure way of developing new business and providing existing mining businesses with a cost competitive advantage in the world minerals market,’’ Mr Palmer said.