Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. LUKAS COCH

PM did nothing for Gladstone but threaten workers: MP

GLENN Butcher has accused the Prime Minister of threatening workers following Scott Morrison's announcement at the Boyne Smelter on Wednesday.

The State MP was one of many residents disappointed to discover the ScoMo express had nothing on board for Gladstone after an $800m funding announcement in Rockhampton.

Instead, Mr Morrison toured the smelter and during the visit warned onlookers Labor's emissions-reduction target would see 1000 BSL workers out of a job.

"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."

But Mr Butcher was having none of it, made evident in a post he made to Facebook on Wednesday night.

 

Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher.
Member for Gladstone Glenn Butcher. Matt Taylor GLA290618HOSP

"So Prime Minister Scott Morrison comes to town and delivers $0 for Gladstone and tells 1000 workers at the Smelter if they don't vote for the LNP they will lose their jobs,"

During a press conference on Thursday to announce State funding for the Gladstone Benaraby Rd, Mr Butcher said the PM's visit was "disappointing".

"He delivered nothing...not one cent," he said.

"We have that many projects that need funding, we have the Port Access Rd that he could have matched the Labor funding for, we have the Bruce Highway we he didn't even mention.

"All he did was come to town and scare 1000 workers at the Boyne Smelter, telling them they are going to lose their jobs."

But Ken O'Dowd came to the defence of Mr Morrison and said Labor's emission policy would be a "death knock" for aluminium and coal industries.

"Aluminium and coal jobs are safe under a Scott Morrison government," he said.

"The Prime Minister explained that his government will easier reach the 26 per cent target by 2030."

Mr O'Dowd said the Gladstone Hospital would "reap the benefits" with an increase in health funding of $7.4b.

"...While the state Labor government has ripped $9b from their state hospital.

 

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, pictured with member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd met with workers at Boyne Smelters Limited during his visit to Gladstone as part of his state-wide tour up the Queensland Coast on November 7, 2018.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, pictured with member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd met with workers at Boyne Smelters Limited during his visit to Gladstone as part of his state-wide tour up the Queensland Coast on November 7, 2018. Matt Taylor GLA071118MORR

"Where has the money gone? The same goes for state schools.

"With federal funding constantly going up, the state government continues to cut funding to their state schools.

"What are they doing with the over $120b they are receiving from the federal government? They are definitely not looking after their teachers or their students."



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