QRC Chief Executive Michael Roche said the petition had quickly received an outstanding response with almost 50 percent of people who signed the petition also making supportive comments about the importance of fighting for jobs in the resources sector.
‘This shows that many people are sick and tired of green activists exploiting legal loopholes to ‘disrupt and delay’ resource development projects and they want to have a voice too and say ‘enough is enough’,’ Mr Roche said.
‘The petition is gathering momentum and what we’re seeing from the nearly one thousand comments is that people from around Queensland and indeed around Australia, have welcomed the chance to protest against green activists hijacking the debate.
‘This is especially important in regional Queensland, which is doing it tough at the moment after the loss of thousands of jobs.
‘We see evidence, as recently as last week in the Supreme Court with the GVK Hanock’s Alpha Coal Project, where green activists sought to blatantly game the legal system to stop important job-creating projects.
‘Thankfully in the case of the Alpha project, the courts saw the actions of the activists for what they were and ruled in the company’s favour, and awarded costs against the activists.’
Mr Roche said comments posted to the online petition showed that there were many people who wanted balance and common sense injected into the debate and who realised the vital economic contribution that the resource sector makes to local, state and national economies.
The petition would remain open for the foreseeable future and Mr Roche urged Queenslanders who wanted to stand up for jobs to sign the e-petition on the QRC’s web site qrc.org.au.