Queensland premier Campbell Newman says any increase to mining taxes would risk jobs and growth.
Queensland premier Campbell Newman has all but ruled out a mining tax hike to reduce debt, saying it could jeopardise future jobs.
Preliminary results of the Queensland government’s $6 million Strong Choices campaign shows most of the 40,000 voters who have taken part would rather see gaming and mining taxes increased than assets sold.
But Mr Newman says the government had already increased coal royalties and gaming taxes, and further hikes could affect jobs and growth.
“While Queenslanders have said that, I’ve acknowledged that, I’m not sure that they’re aware that we’ve already made those increases a reality in our budget,” he said.
“Any more changes in that area will be very determinantal to jobs.
“We wouldn’t contemplate further changes without taking on board the very real prospect of damaging future projects coming to the state.”
Mr Newman also shot down reports on Monday that a number of coal and tourism projects were struggling to secure finance.
The Alpha Coal, Kevin’s Corner and Carmichael mines as well as tourism projects Shute Harbour Marina and Ella Bay resort were yet to get up.
“I have great confidence that the Galilee projects will happen and I have confidence even though there’s been a concerted campaign by some people … very anti these projects to try and destroy confidence in them, Mr Newman said.
He said he had been to India where the coal was needed for the next 60 years to power stations so that people could achieve a higher standard of living.
“I know they need our coal.