International mining giant refuses to hire locals for mine
AN INTERNATIONAL mining giant is refusing to be drawn on whether it would relax its current job restrictions for two of its Central Queensland mines that refuse to hire locally.
BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance was due to meet with the LNP's members for Capricornia, Michelle Landry, and Dawson, George Christensen, yesterday - the federal representatives covering much of the state's Central coalfields region.
But BMA cancelled the chinwag last week, following revelations that voter anger over the FIFO rules could affect the Coalition's hopes of re-election in the area.
Ms Landry said the company explained workers for its Daunia and Caval Ridge coal mines were recruited exclusively from Cairns and south-east Queensland because those regions had high unemployment.
"People are unemployed in our area," Ms Landry said.
"We need the opportunity for locals to be offered these opportunities, people in Rockhampton, Mackay, Dysart and Gladstone.
"The whole of Central Queensland is suffering this huge financial downturn," Ms Landry said.
Ms Landry said she told BMA representatives her ideal scenario would be one where any outgoing worker would be replaced by locals not by more FIFO workers.
When asked about their view on such a plan, a BMA spokeswoman declined to comment, "constructive dialogue" would continue with Ms Landry.