Media Release: Labor playing catch-up on Straddie

Local Member for North Stradbroke Island, Mark Robinson today welcomed the additional $11 million funding announced for Straddie but warned that it was Labor playing catchup to the LNP and that more was needed to be done.

“Finally, Labor have been dragged kicking and screaming to match the LNP’s commitment of additional funding to North Stradbroke Island,” Dr Robinson said.

“Since Labor forced its unfair laws through the Parliament in 2016 to abruptly end mining, I have called for additional funds to be invested into Straddie, and finally now the Palaszczuk Government have relented and matched the LNP’s additional commitment.

“It is sad that Labor had to be dragged into matching the LNPs commitment to island residents in response it seems to the Straddie visit last week of David Crisafulli, LNP Shadow Minister for Tourism.

“Sadly, Labor continue to play catch-up on Straddie, and while this announcement is welcomed, much more is needed to plug the $70 million p.a. economic hole left by the Government’s rushed decision to shut mining down without a plan.

“The extra $11 million is also an admission that the $20 million Economic Transition Strategy (ETS) had stalled and was grossly inadequate as all three levels of Government have said from the beginning (Mayor Karen Williams, Mark Robinson and Andrew Laming).

The impact of Labor’s failure on North Stradbroke Island would be felt by all for years to come, but particularly by the Quandamooka aboriginal people.

“One very sad outcome of Labor’s Green-preference deal to destroy mining jobs abruptly is that 30% of the workers being sacked are aboriginal.

“How is it closing the gap for the Quandamooka people if the Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, Jackie Trad is sacking dozens of aboriginal workers with one hand, and re-hiring a handful in Government jobs with the other. 

“And this comes on the back of Jackie Trad’s now broken promise that Toondah Harbour would be up and running and providing hundreds of jobs for these workers.

You can’t trust Labor to manage any economy – whether a local island economy, State economy or National economy.