Police in central Queensland are struggling to contain a number of fierce brawls that have broken out as job-hungry locals clash over the 100 ongoing jobs on offer at Adani’s Carmichael coalfields.
Returned LNP Member for Capricornia Michelle Landry has appealed for calm following reports of vicious brawls in pubs and clubs and on street corners in Rockhampton, Clermont and other locations over the lucrative jobs.
“There’s no reason for anyone to get hurt,” Ms Landry said as she sat on her now-comfortable margin in her Rockhampton electoral office.
“There’s jobs for everyone – well, at least a hundred of you.”
The brawls have reportedly spread to other areas of the Galilee Basin and several men outside the security gates to Clive Palmer’s Waratah Coal holdings suffered facial cuts and bruises as an undisclosed number of men fought bitterly over the chance to one day not be paid their entitlements should that mine get the go-ahead.
The vicious brawls broke out after Nationals Deputy Leader Bridget McKenzie broke with LNP tradition and told the truth about how many permanent workers would be employed at the Adani project after the short-lived development stage.
In Brisbane, Labor Premier Anna Palaszczuk also called for an end to the senseless fighting.
“Adani has promised my government there will be more than 54,000 full-time jobs at the Carmichael coalfields once it’s up and running over colonies of black-throated finches there,” she said.
“I wouldn’t have let them fuck over the Great Barrier Reef and threaten Australia’s Great Artesian Basin water reserves for anything less than that level of employment.
“Mine is a jobs! jobs! jobs! government that Queenslanders can trust,” she added before once again flying north to shout Murdoch newspaper executives in central and north Queensland long lunches and dinners.