No handouts for private enterprise: Premier

THE Queensland Government will not provide handouts to struggling mining companies, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says.

In an exclusive interview with APN Newsdesk, Ms Palaszczuk said the government would continue to accelerate public works projects across regional Queensland to develop jobs without spending taxpayer money to prop up businesses.

"Government doesn't give taxpayers' money to help private enterprise. It's a longstanding principal of my government," she said.

Ms Palaszczuk said government ministers would be travelling throughout regional Queensland - including Toowoomba, Rockhampton, Bundaberg and Mackay - to look at how they could help keep people in work.

She pointed to the government's response to the collapse of Clive Palmer's Queensland Nickel in Townsville.

The government did not help the company but fast-tracked government spending in the region to attempt to create jobs.

"Because they're small projects - they're not billion-dollar projects; they're million-dollar projects - they can get them up and running faster and they can get people into work," she said.

The Queensland Resources Council has called on the government to provide assistance, in the form of caps on council royalties, in order to help mining companies struggling due to low commodity prices.

QRC chief Michael Roche said they were not looking for handouts but rather temporary measures to help the industry get through tough times. - APN NEWSDESK



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