Mining won't help unemployment: Anti-coal group

THE Coal Free Wide Bay Burnett group was alarmed to hear Michael Roche on local ABC radio, Friday 14th of August, saying that mining would help fix the unemployment issues of the region.

Coal Free Wide Bay Burnett spokesperson Vicki Perrin said, "The Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that for every job created in mining we will lose three or four jobs in agriculture and tourism. It is simply not the case that there will be more jobs for locals if this industry invades our region.

"The group is sympathetic to our region's unemployment issues and has been calling on leaders to encourage new, innovative and sustainable industries, rather than short-term industries like mining that offer very few benefits and harms our health.

"Mr Roche's claims that mining will solve our unemployment issues in the region are absolutely false. It is dishonest to misinform the public in this way.

"This is nothing more than trickery, mining spin and propaganda. We've seen this argument used in other places across Queensland and we're not fooled."



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