Capricornia MP to investigate Norwich Mine jobs claim

FEDERAL Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry is investigating claims hundreds of Queensland miners would be locked out of work at a re-opened Norwich Park coal mine.

Ms Landry has also slammed the CFMEU for its attack on the mine's management.

On Thursday, the CFMEU claimed BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) would look to source cheaper workers from interstate for the mine, which is believed to be re-opening in July.

The miners' union claims to have obtained an internal briefing paper prepared by a mining industry contractor outlining the terms under which the company is seeking to operate its Norwich Park mine, near Dysart.

The CFMEU alleged the briefing paper said: "BMA has strongly indicated that success of the project will be dependent on being able to operate the mine efficiently while using labour that is paid significantly less than is currently the case at surrounding existing operations."

Ms Landry said she would be concerned if local people were not given the opportunity to apply for jobs in local mines, including Norwich Park should it re-open.

"I don't know a lot about the background to verify the facts. But I will be contacting BMA to seek an explanation," she said.

"I've always been advocating for locals to be given the opportunity to apply for jobs at local coal mines and I would be disappointed if local people were locked out of Norwich Park. Local towns in our coalfields have been doing it tough waiting for mines to re-open."

Ms Landry also slammed the CFMEU for its attack on BMA.

"On the other side of the fence, however, it's a bit ironic for the CFMEU, which is currently facing a Royal Commission into its thug-like behaviour, to be crowing about a lack of job opportunities, when they and the state Labor Party, which they fund, won't fully back the Adani coal rail project in CQ which would potentially create at least 10,000 jobs," Ms Landry said.

CFMEU Mining and Energy Queensland president Steve Smyth said the union proudly stood up for good working conditions in the mining industry.

"Mining companies like BHP profit richly from CQ resources but give as little back to Queenslanders as they possibly can," Mr Smyth said.

"We need members of parliament willing to stand up to these companies.

"It's disappointing that Michelle Landry seeks to attack the union rather than BMA which has been busted trying to rob Queenslanders of the jobs they deserve."

A BMA spokesperson also stated Norwich Park's importance.

"It's valuable but we would only ever re-start it if it's commercially viable," the spokesperson said.

"At this point, there are no plans for an immediate or imminent restart."



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