The Queensland premier is celebrating a “breakthrough” that could see her government’s two-year stand-off with mining giant Adani resolved within weeks.
Annastacia Palaszczuk says firm deadlines have been set for two state approvals needed for the India-based company’s Galilee Basin coal mine to proceed.
There should be a decision on Adani’s plan to protect an endangered finch by May 31, and on its groundwater management plan by June 13.
The premier reacted in earlier this week to federal Labor’s bruising defeat in regional Queensland electorates that voted that they want the jobs associated with the mine.
Palaszczuk reassured voters on May 22 that she represented a working class electorate and understood the needs and aspirations of families.
“At the end of the day, it’s about putting food on the table, making sure that your children can aspire to be whatever they want to be,” she said.
She told voters she was “really sorry that Labor let you down” and reaffirmed her commitment to jobs in the state.
Palaszczuk said she was fed up with delays in the approvals process and acknowledged regional Queenslanders were too.
On May 24, she hailed the deadlines as a breakthrough.