Don Andrewartha, Ed Morris, Darren Eising and LNP senators Barnaby Joyce and Brett Mason at Yaralla Sports Club.
Don Andrewartha, Ed Morris, Darren Eising and LNP senators Barnaby Joyce and Brett Mason at Yaralla Sports Club. BRENDA STRONG

Talk of tax on menu

GLADSTONE businessmen believe the only way to get the cash flowing into Gladstone again and stop mining from going overseas is to get rid of the Labor Party at the federal election.

Businessmen Ed Morris, Darren Eising and Don Andrewartha spoke with The Observer after attending a business lunch where Queensland Liberal National Party senators Barnaby Joyce, Brett Mason, George Brandis and Russell Trood spoke about issues facing the Gladstone region.

“We can’t afford a carbon tax in this town,” Mr Morris said.

“You will end up with three major ghost towns (Gladstone, Mackay and Rockhampton).”

Mr Andrewartha said Gladstone was struggling at the moment, with retail shops closing daily.

He said British Gas had come out saying it was losing millions because Environment Minister Peter Garrett put a three-month moratorium on its Environmental Impact Statement approval.

Financial adviser Darren Eising said he would be horrified if one of his clients had $1 million in the bank three years ago, but owed more than that today, which he saw as being what the Federal Government had done.

“We see billions of dollars in investment that could have been done in Australia, in Gladstone, that basically will get done overseas,” he said.

“A lot of coal mines are now looking at South Africa and Indonesia.”

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