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Landry Responds To Confusion Around Adani Job Creation

UPDATE | There is some confusion surrounding just how many jobs will come out of the Adani project in the Galilee Basin.

Originally around 8,000 new positions had been touted for the central and northern parts of Queensland.

According to the ABC, Queensland Greens MP Michael Berkman has accused Mr Dow of misleading a parliamentary inquiry on Adani jobs numbers and referred him to Parliament's ethics committee.

As an environmental lawyer, Mr Berkman was involved in a 2015 Land Court case when an Adani expert gave evidence it would create an average 1,464 "direct and indirect" jobs a year.

The ABC reported that Mr Berkman said Mr Dow had claimed 8,250 jobs would result from a project a quarter of its original size.

Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry said "the fact of the matter is that there has never been an actual figure released on the jobs".

She said she spoke to Lucas Dow from Adani on Friday morning and they're just comparing it to any other mine that size.

Ms Landry said "the figure could be closer to 1,700 or 1,800 jobs but no one has a permanent figure on that". She was also highly critical of the ABC'S spin on the story, labelling it "absolutely ridiculous".

She said this whole project is going to "create thousands of jobs and that's what I'm focused on, I'm not focused on nit picking and he says, she says and an exact number of jobs because no one knows an exact number of jobs".

Ms Landry said it would be difficult to name an exact figure regarding the number of jobs this project could possibly create because of its size.

She said Adani has to be careful not to overestimate, explaining that if they said the project would create 1,800 jobs and it only created 1,700 there would be criticism of that.

Ms Landy said initial indications were that the Carmichael mine could create "1,500 permanent jobs and 6,250 jobs that are created by this, but I believe that there will be thousands and thousands of jobs right across the sector because a lot of industries are going to benefit from that and regional Queensland is going to benefit because they are going to have extra workers here and extra families and they require extra services so the flow on effect will be enormous.

EARLIER | 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.