Newman denies Alan Jones' mine claims

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CLAIMS by controversial talk-back personality Alan Jones, that Queensland was "selling out" to Indian mine developers, have been countered by Premier Campbell Newman.

Mr Jones told listeners on Monday the massive Carmichael Mine, to be built west of Rockhampton in the Galilee Basin, was an example of putting short-term mining gains ahead of agricultural interests.

He said for Premier Campbell Newman and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson to support the plan was a "betrayal of ordinary Australians".

Mr Jones discussed both politicians being toured around India by international powerhouse Adani, which is developing the mine.

The broadcaster warned floodplains and farms would be split by Adani's 400km rail line from Alpha to Abbot Point in Central Queensland.

It would also destroy the environment, he said.

Speaking to APN from India earlier this week, the Premier said despite having "the utmost respect" for the shock jock, he did not agree with Mr Jones.

"It's a symbiotic relationship," Mr Newman said.

"If we want to leverage the things we have that give us international trade, we have to go after these projects.

"We need jobs for Queenslanders, not just at the mine but for boilermakers, fitters and turners and concreters.

"If we say no, it's like this: it won't happen."

Adani's Carmichael mine is expected to create 5000 jobs during construction and 4000 jobs once operating.

Carmichael will export up to 60 million tonnes of thermal coal per year, used to produce electricity.

Adani is seeking government approvals to start construction by mid 2013 so it can begin exporting in 2016.

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