Queensland spent $9.5 billion in taxpayer dollars on subsidies for the mining and fossil fuel industries over six years; far more than any other state. Eight billion of that went to coal.
During that time, Queensland’s spending on social services, like hospitals, schools and social housing has trailed the rest of the nation.
First the good news: the Palaszczuk Government has edged away from the last government’s promise to bankroll the construction of coal railways to the Galilee Basin and to fund major dredging of the Abbot Point coal port next to the Great Barrier Reef.
They’ve also been able to make modest increases in per capita funding of health and education in Queensland.
Now the bad news: handouts to the fossil fuel industry are set to continue. The latest state budget includes::
- $100 million dollars to expand the coal terminal at Gladstone.
- Around $150 million benefit from cheap access to rail and port facilities
- $14 million “to continue port planning and development initiatives to meet industry requirements for coal export facilities.”
That's basically the same amount it would cost to fix the $268 million public schools maintenance backlog.
Queensland’s coal industry still has a $10 billion wish list of subsidies and infrastructure it wants from the Queensland and Federal Governments, such as a railway to the Galilee Basin and port expansion at Abbot Point next to the Great Barrier Reef.
Every dollar spent on coal handouts is a dollar that can't be spent on schools, teachers or any other services!
The coal industry claims that these handouts create jobs. In fact, education, tourism, agriculture, health - even the arts and culture sector employs more people than coal mining! Our research shows that taxpayer subsidies for big mining make no economic sense: mining produces fewer jobs per million dollars output than almost any other industry.
Queensland has already spent $9.5 billion and now it's heading for $10 billion.
Let’s back Queenslanders, not coal companies. It's time to end coal subsidies.
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"Queensland has been amongst the lowest in state spending on social services in Australia. But when it comes to spending money on handouts to the mining and fossil fuel industry - no other State can beat Queensland.
"Every dollar the Queensland government spends on handouts to coal companies is a dollar that can't be spent on schools, teachers, hospitals or nurses.
"Premier Palaszczuk, let's back Queenslanders not coal companies. End subsidies to the coal industry."