Latest News

Federal election wake-up call for Qld govt

Federal election wake-up call for Qld govt.png

Annastacia Palaszczuk has denied her government's failure to speed up approval of the controversial Galilee Basin mine coalmine heavily influenced voters (AAP Image/ Rob Blakers)

The federal science minister has warned the Queensland government to "have a serious rethink" about its failure to approve Adani's coalmine, saying the issue cost Labor dearly in the weekend's election.

Karen Andrews said that the eight-year delay in getting the mine up and running in the Galilee Basin was a huge factor in the Liberal National Party's victory in the Sunshine State, which helped deliver victory to Scott Morrison.

"In Queensland jobs are so important, particularly in central and northern Queensland, so that actually delivered the big swings," she told ABC radio on Monday.

"The state government needs to have a serious rethink about what they had on their agenda for the future because what happened on Saturday was quiet Australians used their voices and they spoke very loudly and very clearly about what's important to them," she said.

Adani appears to agree, thanking Queenslanders in a tweet for their overwhelming support.

"If the State Labor Premier and Deputy Premier take nothing else from this weekend, let's hope they start listening to Queenslanders. Let's get the Carmichael Project done," the company said.

Annastacia Palaszczuk has denied her government's failure to speed up approval of the controversial Galilee Basin mine coalmine heavily influenced voters.

But the premier admitted she needed to renew her focus on jobs.

"We're going to redouble our efforts. I'm quite sure federal Labor are going to redouble their efforts," she said on Sunday.

When questioned about how the newly elected federal government would respond to the climate crisis, Ms Andrews said there was "no doubt that the climate is changing" and that she would "listen to the science".

However she said she wanted to see more quantifiable evidence of how much humans have contributed to this.

"Science is not always a black and white response to everything," she said, adding that the federal government was strongly focused on mitigation and adaptation strategies in response to issues like cyclones and coral reef bleaching.

Labor's Graham Perrett, who retained his seat of Moreton, said the attitude was very concerning.

"This is an engineer rejecting the advice of scientists about how catastrophic climate change is (and) we need to respond to that," he told ABC radio.

"Just because there's been an election doesn't mean that facts have been thrown out."

He described as 'fair', criticism that Labor lost the vote because there was no firm alternative for workers concerned they would lose their jobs if coal mining was stepped down.

© AAP 2019