Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad speaks during Question Time at Parliament House in Brisbane, Tuesday, September 17, 2019.
Queensland Deputy Premier Jackie Trad speaks during Question Time at Parliament House in Brisbane, Tuesday, September 17, 2019.

No plans to redistribute royalties from regional coal mines

DEPUTY Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad confirmed there were no plans for the State Government to redistribute royalties from regional Queensland coal mines into local communities, saying wealth is evenly shared across the state.

During Question Time yesterday, Whitsunday MP Jason Costigan asked if Ms Trad would consider a new approach to mining royalties, which would see 50 per cent of the money from mines in the Bowen and Galilee Basins going directly into central and north Queensland communities.

Ms Trad said processes were already in place to ensure regional Queensland got its fair share of the State’s budget.

“More than 60 per cent of the Government’s budget is spent outside of southeast Queensland,” she said.

She also referred to the drought relief appeal launched by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk last month.

“That’s what we do when it comes to sharing the wealth across out state,” Ms Trad said.



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