THE PREMIER’S backflip from being pro the federal government loan to build the railway line from the Carmichael Mine in the Galillee Basin to one of washing her hands of the deal to match Biblical proportions has the ability to backfire spectacularly.
It makes perfect sense that if the Australian taxpayers provided the monies, the government can have overall say in the running of the thoroughfare — as against Adani dictating terms to other would-be users.
While the Palaszczuk Government talks-up maintaining state assets, there are many examples of how former Premiers Beattie and Bligh sold public assets to build ongoing infrastructure.
Perhaps Annastacia Palaszczuk wasn’t in the Cabinet room when these sales were approved.
In 2011, Col Jackson, with the help of Paula Heelan, wrote of problems being experienced by graziers and agriculturalists in the Belyando region who were open to land claims by other proposed mining giants wanting to open-up more mines in the Galilee basin, and they too wanted their own individual railway corridors.
This story is a perfect example of what can happen if planning is not only designed, but tightly controlled.
Would it not be more pragmatically and economically sensible — let along plain common-sense — to have one major railway corridor servicing the entire Galilee Basin rather than build a ‘spaghetti junction’ type system that will encourage a government wanting an ad hoc fix to resume more prime agricultural land?
But then again, common-sense ain’t common any more — especially when a plush seat in Parliament is at stake.
More significantly, that plush Parliamentary seat is represented by the Deputy Premier, and is in danger of transferring to The Greens who, as a demand of any coalition with Labor, wants the Adani Mine closed forthwith.