Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche.
Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche. Mike Richards

ALP or LNP does not matter: QRC chief

DESPITE differing support from the LNP and Labor Party over a major Galilee Basin project, the Queensland Resources Council chief says it does not matter which party will form government.

QRC chief Michael Roche said the resources industry was looking for certainty and no surprises.

"We've worked with governments of the Labor and LNP persuasion over recent decades and we're confident that they get it, they understand the importance of the resources sector to Queensland," he said during a Channel 7 interview.

The Labor Party said during its campaign that while it supported the Galilee Basin mines going ahead, it would not support spending taxpayer dollars on helping to fund a railway line from the Carmichael Mine in the Basin to the coast.

Despite this, Mr Roche said he did not believe a Labor government would negatively impact the industry.

"The Labor Party has said during the campaign that they support the development of the Galilee Basin," he said. "There may be some differences in detail of the policies but we are very confident that the Labor Party, because it's pro jobs and pro-growth, will get behind the Galilee Basin projects."

He said it was a Labor government that approved many major mining projects and allowed the beginning of the LNG sector.

Mr Roche believed both major parties knew that the resources sector accounted for one in every five jobs in Queensland and one in every $4 of the state's economy.

While he said both parties had focused on issues surrounding the Great Barrier Reef, Mr Roche wanted the new government to work with the Commonwealth Government to finalise a report that will go to the World Heritage Committee, which will decide in June whether or not the reef should be on the endangered list.

"We cannot afford to have the Great Barrier Reef put on the endanger list," he said.

 - APN Newsdesk