Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

SCO-NO: Nothing for Us No Goodies Yet for Gladstone; Prime Minister Warns about Labor's Emission Target

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

SCO-NO: Nothing for Us No Goodies Yet for Gladstone; Prime Minister Warns about Labor's Emission Target

Article excerpt

Byline: Matt Harris matthew.harris@gladstoneobserver.com.au

THE ScoMo Express rolled into the Gladstone Region yesterday but left without announcing any funding for the Port City.

Beginning his day in Rockhampton before boarding his big, blue bus for a trip down the Bruce Highway, Prime Minister Scott Morrison toured Boyne Smelters before holding a press conference.

But unlike Rockhampton, which received a funding commitment of $800m for a $1-billion ring-road project, Gladstone was left with nothing.

Mr Morrison was joined by Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd on the tour and said the reason for his visit was to see the smelter in action.

But the tour quickly turned into a warning about Labor's emissions-reduction target and the potential it had to grind BSL to a halt. "The Labor Party wants to push the emissions-reduction target up to 45 per cent and that will shut this shop down," Mr Morrison said.

"That's 1000 jobs and that will be the cost of what Labor wants to do when it comes to their plan on a 45 per cent target.

"We've got our target at 26 per cent and we made it some years ago.

"We are sticking to it and delivering on it.

"We are going to make our 2030 targets in a canter, which means we can keep places like this open."

Mr Morrison has added to the tally of prime ministers visiting Gladstone without any announcements or promises.

Tony Abbott came here in 2015 and delivered nothing, while Kevin Rudd (2013) and Julia Gillard (2011) also came up short during their visits.

The Prime Minister said aluminium remained a key export for Australia but this was threatened by Labor's policies and alignment with the Greens.

"We're standing up for the Boyne aluminium smelter and not seeing the Labor Party rob 1000 workers of their jobs," he said.

"That's what's at stake if Labor gets to put in their 45 per cent target. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.