BRISBANE, AAP – The Queensland government has launched a review of laws governing objections to mining projects as the sector faces global headwinds for climate action.
Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk used a speech at the Queensland Resources Council annual lunch to announce the review by the state’s Law Reform Commission.
“My government is committed to working with industry to reform processes to provide greater clarity for investment,” Ms Palaszczuk said on Wednesday.
Terms of reference for the review are yet to be finalised.
International demand for greater climate action is not a barrier for a growing resources sector, Ms Palaszczuk told the audience.
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“The global commitments at COP26 towards net zero emissions by 2050 are not a zero-sum game between action on climate change and mining jobs,” she said.
“These commitments to net zero will make Queensland’s resources sector even stronger over the long-term.”
Mineral deposits in the state would be needed to build clean energy infrastructure, Ms Palaszczuk said.
“As a key input for steel, Queensland’s metallurgical coal will continue to support the construction of wind turbines across the world,” she said.
The state also has mineral deposits important for the manufacture of batteries, electric cars and solar panels, and there will be demand for resources from a rising middle class in Asia, Ms Palaszczuk told the audience.