Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey with Ken O’Dowd in Mr O’Dowd’s office yesterday.
Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey with Ken O’Dowd in Mr O’Dowd’s office yesterday. Chrissy Harris

Well push LNG

SHADOW Treasurer Joe Hockey said a Coalition government would approve the environmental impact statements for liquefied natural gas (LNG) components on Curtis Island as soon as possible.

Speaking in Gladstone yesterday, Mr Hockey said he didn’t know why Environment Minister Peter Garrett chose to delay the decision until after the election.

“I would suggest it might have something to do with giving succour to the Greens,” Mr Hockey said. “I’m surprised that Peter Garrett would delay something that has the potential to create an enormous amount of wealth and jobs here in Gladstone and now he’s delayed approval until after the election.

“I am highly cynical about this and after Labor did a deal with the Greens you wonder what decision they will finally make if the Greens hold the balance of power in the Senate.”

Mr Hockey said the seat of Flynn needed to be the first seat to fall on election night for the Coalition to have any chance to win against Labor.

“There is no part of Australia that may have been more affected by the mining tax than Gladstone, and having just met with business people here, they continue to say that the mining tax is having an impact,” he said. “Business stopped the day it was announced; it’s gradually coming back, but certainly it’s a long way from where it was.”

The Shadow Treasurer said a Coalition government would fund the Calliope Crossroads upgrade.

“We are committed to delivering on that funding and fixing the problem.”



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