Labor Can't be Trusted to Build Rookwood Weir

The Labor party cannot be trusted to build Rookwood Weir, Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan said today. “Federal Labor leader Bill Shorten last night again refused to commit to funding Rookwood Weir,” Senator Canavan said. “The difference between the Coalition and Labor positions on Rookwood Weir is stark: the Coalition has put $130 million on the table to build it and Labor won’t match us. Read more

Labor Puts at Risk Thousands of Jobs

Electing a federal Labor government on July 2 would risk tens of thousands of jobs across northern Australia. Minister for Northern Australia Matt Canavan said today that Bill Shorten's lack of support for mines and dams across the north puts at risk tens of thousands of jobs in coming years. Read more

Labor Tries to Rebadge Northern Australia Funding

Labor’s northern tourism fund announcement is nothing short of a money shuffling rebadge.   This announcement does not provide any new money for the development of Northern Australia. Instead, it takes money away from the Coalition's $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, an initiative Labor voted in favour of less than a month ago.  Read more

Labor Urged to State True Position on Job Creation in Central Queensland

Minister for Northern Australia Matt Canavan says the Labor Party needs to come clean and state its true position on the Adani Carmichael Coal project in Central Queensland. “Development of the Adani Carmichael mine, construction of a rail line to the coast and the expansion of the Abbot Point coal terminal are vital for jobs and growth in Queensland,” Senator Canavan said today. Read more

More Progress on Rookwood Weir Means More Pressure for Bill Shorten and Labor

Minister for Northern Australia Matt Canavan says the latest step in the approvals process for the Rookwood Weir puts pressure on Bill Shorten and Labor to come clean on their position on water infrastructure. On Saturday, the Queensland Coordinator-General released additional information on the Rookwood Weir’s environmental impact statement for public consultation. (Note: Queensland Government media release follows below.) Read more

Would the Labor Party have the Guts to Build Dams in Queensland?

The federal Labor party needs to come clean on its position on developing Queensland's water resources, Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan said today. “It would appear they have already ‘gone to water’ on dams,” Senator Canavan said today. Read more

Beers Calls Last Drinks for Gladstone Aluminium Industry

A Labor government in Canberra after July 2 could shut down the aluminium industry in Australia. Minister for Northern Australia Matt Canavan said today Labor would likely force aluminium producers to buy electricity from more expensive renewable sources. “This would shut down the aluminium industry in Australia and force producers to move their operations overseas,” Senator Canavan said. “It would cost thousands of jobs and Gladstone would be hit hard.” Read more

Labor-Greens Alliance Would Kill the North

Resource development projects vital for jobs and growth in the north would grind to a halt if Labor and the Greens formed an alliance after the July 2 election, Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan warned today. Read more

Bill Shorten Doesn't Give a Dam

The Minister for Northern Australia, Senator Matthew Canavan Says Bill Shorten can't be trusted to build dam infrastructure in Queensland's north.  "The Labor leader claims he’ll establish an all-talk, no-action feasibility study into dams in North Queensland." Read more

Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility Passes the Parliament

Legislation to establish the Government’s $5 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) has passed the Parliament enabling it to commence from July. This important initiative is a cornerstone of the Northern Australia White Paper, which sets out the Government’s development plan to unlock economic and population growth opportunities across the north. Read more


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