Straddie mine Bills to get joint consideration

PARLIAMENT will jointly consider two pieces of legislation both calling for different deadlines for the end of mining on North Stradbroke Island.

Sibelco's Paul Smith at the Stradbroke Island mine site.

Sibelco's Paul Smith at the Stradbroke Island mine site.

Sandgate MP Stirling Hinchliffe last week called on the Parliamentary Finance and Administration Committee to suspend consideration of a Katter Party Private Members Bill, tabled on October 27.

Instead, he suggested it should be assessed at the same time the committee considered "expected and pending" legislation from the government on the end of mining on the island.

The Katter Bill, tabled by Dalrymple MP Shane Knuth, proposes a 2024 end to mining while the planned Labor government legislation is to shut the Sibelco mine by 2019.

Under the former LNP government leases could be extended until 2035. 

"It allows for all of the stakeholders in the community to be able to make one set of submissions for the good order and good governance of the business of those committees and the House," Mr Hinchliffe said.

Mr Knuth told Parliament last week he supported the plan to suspend separate consideration of his Bill to avoid a "double up" over legislation.

He said he initially tabled the Bill in an effort to resolve ongoing time frame differences on the phasing out of sandmining on North Stradbroke Island. 

It is likely the government will table its legislation calling for a 2019 end to mining at the last sitting for the year in December.

Deputy Premier Jackie Trad said the 2019 deadline was set in stone when she met with union members from Sibelco last month.

As part of ongoing restructuring of its Australian business, Sibelco announced island spokesman Paul Smith would take a redundancy package in December.

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