"While the big mining companies and their spin machines would want us to believe otherwise, this report shows the coal industry only employs 1.2 per cent of the workforce in Queensland," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens mining spokesperson, said.
"More Queenslanders work in the arts and recreation services than they do in the coal industry, and our biggest employers include health, education and retail.
"Agriculture is also a far more significant employer in Queensland than coal mining, and yet the Newman Government is letting the big mining companies ruin agricultural land and water.
"The Newman Government is letting the big coal companies trash the Great Barrier Reef and for what? A 1.2 per cent slice of the state's workforce and just 4 per cent of state government revenue.
"The coal industry's nominal economic contribution gets lost in the debate because of the big mining companies' endless spin campaigns, with dramatically overblown jobs figures.
"With the coal price continuing to drop, there's no future in this dying industry, which already endangers more jobs than it provides for Queenslanders.
"We could be leading the way in renewables - a new sustainable job source.
"Already, one in five Queenslanders have household solar panels; the Newman and Abbott governments need to catch up and facilitate investment in commercial-scale renewables that can power new, sustainable jobs.
"But the Newman and Abbott governments just keep doing the bidding of their big mining buddies, with no vision for Queensland's future.
"Queenslanders deserve so much more than a puppet for big coal and gas as their Premier and I know many are looking forward to cutting the strings at the state election," Senator Waters said.
Friday, 17 October 2014