Premier should be putting Queenslanders first instead of Jackie Trad: Palmer

Clive Palmer says Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk was putting the State’s economic future and energy security at risk by allowing her deputy Jackie Trad to call the shots on coal.

“The Premier should be answering to the wants and needs of Queenslanders, not Jackie Trad who appears to be doing everything possible to favour foreign-owned coal projects over Australian ones,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“She has effectively put Jackie Trad in charge of the State.

“Queensland voters made it very clear that they value the importance of coal mining and job creation and yet the Queensland Government is committed to attacking me over my coal mining interests which will create employment for thousands of people,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“In a panic, the Queensland Government is pushing for the India-based conglomerate Adani and ignoring all other projects including our proposed coal fired power station,’’ Mr Palmer said.

“Serious questions need to be asked as to why this government is giving an unfair advantage to a foreign company, and access to our highest-quality coal which once converted to final products and services will be sold back to Australia for thousands times more.

“I am putting the Premier on notice that if she is acting improperly in favouring foreign companies over Queensland ones, then we will have no alternative but to pursue legal action,’’ Mr Palmer said.