'Now' the Time for New Coal Plants, Resources Minister Says

'Now' the Time for New Coal Plants, Resources Minister Says
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The resources minister, Matt Canavan, has declared “now” is the time to build new coal-fired power, as the prime minister insisted his pre-election priorities were securing passage of budget bills and helping north Queensland recover from the recent floods.

The comments from Canavan and Scott Morrison follow a new push from Queensland Nationals for “immediate” government action to underwrite new power station construction in regional Queensland, and a separate demand the government pass the “big stick” energy package in the final sitting week of the 45th parliament.

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