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Landry Says Voter Pressure Forced Labor To Say 'Yes' To Adani

Capricornia MP Michelle Landry says voter pressure in the federal election has forced the State Government to finally approve the long-awaited Adani coal mine in Central Queensland.

After years of blocking the development, Queensland’s Premier today announced Adani had cleared one of its last major hurdles - covering the protection of underground water tables in the area, near Clermont.

Ms Landry said she was elated the mine now has the go ahead with a capacity to create up to 1500 direct jobs, and at least 6750 indirect jobs in the local region.

But the feisty MP said the Queensland Labor Government would almost certainly never have agreed to the project, if it wasn’t for a monumental ‘wake-up call’ after the May 18 federal election.

“The Premier thought Labor would romp it in at the federal poll and was waiting to use Bill Shorten’s stance against coal mines to veto Adani,” Ms Landry said.

“But here in the state’s biggest coal belt, the federal election result was a mandate to get on and allow the mine to be built.”

Ms Landry scored an historic third term in the election - improving her margin over Labor from a mere 0.6% to 11.5%.

In a recent street rally, Ms Landry and Rockhampton Mayor Margaret Strelow called on the State Government to fast track approval processes to help stimulate the CQ economy and create more local jobs.

Rockhampton will become a fly-in fly-out hub for mine workers.

“The start of the mine is good news for local families who need jobs and good news for small businesses here,” Ms Landry said.

The MP said it was also good news for poorer families in places like Mumbai in India, because they will now have access to electricity generated by CQ coal.

“Officials there say this will allow women to have lights to study at night and receive a formal education - which will result in real social change and social innovation,” Ms Landry said.