CFMEU pushes for stand-alone minister for mines

THE state's powerful mining union wants mining, resources and energy to always have a stand-alone minister who doesn't get allocated other portfolios.

It comes after Anthony Lynham was State Development Minister and Natural Resources and Mines Minister between 2015 and 2017.

The CFMEU wants to see a minister look solely after resources and mines, with the union's industry safety and health representative Jason Hill saying mining was critical for jobs and revenue.

The union's push was made as part of its submission to the Government's Resources Safety and Health Queensland Bill, which proposes establishing Resources Safety and Health Queensland as an independent body - separate from the Natural Resources, Mines and Energy Department.

"The minister must be in a stand-alone portfolio, minister for mining and resources," the submission said.

"We do not believe that in an industry which is one of the state's main exporters and the health-and-safety-related issues that the minister has split portfolios.

"This is a must in our view."

Mr Hill said the industry required a high level of regulation due to the health-and-safety risks it posed to mine workers.

"While we understand the desire in government to consolidate portfolios, we believe that mining and resources deserves to be a stand-alone portfolio with a dedicated minister," he said.


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