Shadow Energy and Water Minister, Curtis Pitt, says LNP MPs need to explain why they have dashed the expectations of locals in relation to the power line planned to run from Loganlea to Jimboomba across the Logan River.
“The LNP in government has simply not lived up to the promises it made to locals on this issue when in opposition which shows how risky it will be for people to vote LNP again,” Mr Pitt said.
He said LNP Energy Minister, Mark McArdle, had announced approval of the line on November 28 despite his party’s strong opposition to it in previous years.
“It is no wonder Queenslanders feel disappointed and double-crossed by the LNP and local LNP MPs,” Mr Pitt said.
“At both the 2009 and 2012 state elections the LNP led local residents to believe it opposed this transmission line and if it had to be built, would make sure it went underground.
“LNP candidates such as Mark Boothman in Albert and Michael Pucci in Logan who are now local MPs were in the front row when it came to leading voters to believe an LNP government would do things differently.
“It is no wonder more and more people are realising they will be taking a huge risk if they vote LNP again,” Mr Pitt said.
Mr Pitt said at the 2009 election (see below) the current Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney said an LNP government would “guarantee that comprehensive and meaningful consultation will be undertaken with all community stakeholders so everyone affected has an opportunity for input into the planning process”.
“Mr Seeney was also raising expectations and now that he and the LNP are in government he must explain why he has walked away from his commitments,” Mr Pitt said.
Jeff Seeney MP
Shadow Minister for Mines & Energy
9 March, 2009
LNP will review Logan-Jimboomba transmission line