‘Whiff of corruption’ in Qld over mining

A royal commission should investigate the ‘whiff of corruption’ pervading the Queensland government’s links with the mining industry, the Lock the Gate Alliance says .

Lock the Gate’s national president, Drew Hutton says the Queensland government had ‘jumped into bed’ with mining executives and full disclosure was needed.

‘The Newman government has a terrible whiff of corruption about it and the public deserves to know exactly what links it has with mining executives and other big business in Queensland,’ Mr Hutton said.

“The ICAC enquiry in New South Wales is uncovering all manner of corrupt and unconscionable behaviour but I bet it’s got nothing on what’s happening here in Queensland.

‘The link between QCoal’s, James Mackay and the LNP is just the tip of the iceberg and only a full investigation will shine a light on what’s really going on.’

Mr Hutton said it was ‘doubling worrying’ that the LNP was trying to avoid scrutiny by watering down the powers of the Crime and Misconduct Commission.

The ABC last week reported that the head of corporate affairs for a mining company at the centre of an environmental dispute has been in charge of developing policy on the environment for Queensland’s ruling Liberal National Party (LNP) since 2012.

James Mackay also worked full-time for the LNP during the 2012 election, while he was being paid $10,000 a month by the company, QCoal, according to the ABC report.

QCoal is embroiled in controversy over plans to divert Coral Creek in north Queensland to mine the coal underneath.

The company’s owner, reclusive billionaire Chris Wallin, is one of the LNP’s biggest donors.

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