The KAP crossbench have come out in support of the Government’s move to introduce legislation banning 100 per cent fly-in fly-out (FIFO) mine workforces in Queensland.
Member for Dalrymple Shane Knuth who was part of an investigation into the practices of fly-in fly-out workers says the legislation was a long time coming.
“I have two mines on my door step and not one single job goes back into the local community,” Mr Knuth said.
“Contractors don’t even use the motels, and the food is sourced elsewhere.
“We want to see our communities thrive, and we look forward to any opportunity to make that happen, ” he said.
Mr Knuth said he was in full support of putting a stop to companies that continue to drain the natural resources of a region while not contributing economically.
Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter also condemned the 100% FIFO, labelling the practice as destructive policy making at its worst.
“FIFO is the cancer of the bush, 25 years ago nothing was approved in Queensland unless you had a locally based workforce, now they have the right to do whatever they want which leads to some really perverse outcomes,” Mr Katter said.
“The practice seems attractive but it’s toxic to families, it’s toxic to communities and it robs these areas of any chance of development for that generation,”
“This bill is a positive step but it remains to be seen if it will be robust enough to do the job,” he said.
Mr Katter and Mr Knuth look forward to speaking with the Minister further on this legislation.