Millar claims Mines Minister holding up inquiry report

A QUEENSLAND MP who was part of the parliamentary inquiry into fly-in, fly-out mining has criticised Mines Minister Anthony Lynham for holding up the report.

Gregory MP Lachlan Millar told parliament the inquiry's recommendations were delayed because Dr Lynham did not pass on a report from an independent committee.

"I did find it a little bit disappointing that the Minister for Natural Resources and Mines received a report into the economic impacts of fly-in, fly-out from his appointed panel on July 31 but the parliamentary committee did not have a chance to see that until October 2," Mr Millar said.

But the minister's spokeswoman told APN Newsdesk the expert panel provided an initial draft on July 31, but continued to deliberate until it completed a final report to government in October.

While the parliamentary inquiry's report into FIFO and other long-distance commuting work practices in regional Queensland was discussed in parliament, Callide MP Jeff Seeney labelled the inquiry's chair, Jim Pearce, a CFMEU puppet.

"Nobody has a greater self-interest in this than the member for Mirani," Mr Seeney said.

Mr Pearce called for the comments to be withdrawn.

The government is considering the recommendations from the FIFO review panel's report and inquiry's findings.

It is expected to provide its response, including a broader policy framework on FIFO, in early 2016.

- APN NEWSDESK



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