Government says No worker will be ‘left behind’ as Collie transitions from coal-mining

No worker will be left behind as Collie transitions from coal-mining, says Federal Labor’s most senior member.

Shadow resources minister Madeleine King said coal still had a future in WA and Australia’s energy mix, just not in the regional mining hub in the South West as it faces uncertainty with the coal-fired Muja Power Station potentially shutting down in six years’ time.

Madeleine King, Anne Aly and Patrick Gorman.
Madeleine King, Anne Aly and Patrick Gorman. Credit: Ross Swanborough

“What Labor has proposed is a just transition authority which will work with local communities and, very importantly, the workforce and of course local businesses both large and small to make sure no worker gets left behind in the transition out of Collie,” she said.

“We know the former State Government spent a lot of money trying to fix up an old tired power station which had to be retired anyway.

“That kind of spending on quite clearly out-of-date infrastructure is not something Labor State or Federal or whatever propose to do.”

Hundreds of people are expected to show up to a union-organised meeting in Collie tomorrow to hear from WA Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan.

Mrs King was flanked earlier today by backbenchers Patrick Gorman and Anne Aly as the three tore into Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s record in WA and his trip this week to Christmas Island.

Dr Aly said all Mr Morrison seemed to want to talk about was the detention centre.

“As far as I’m concerned it’s a deflection from the chaos and disruption that’s in his own party,” she said.

“If this government thinks they are going to win the next election on fear than they are sorely, sorely mistaken.”

Mrs King did not say if help for medevaced asylum seekers on Nauru and Manus Island should be given to them on Christmas Island or mainland Australia.

“The government has assured the people of Australia that the medical help will be on Christmas Island to help the people that need it,” she said.

Peter De KruijffThe West Australian
Thursday, 7 March 2019 10:07PM