FIFO inquiry will offer “fair hearing"

THE Queensland Government fly-in, fly-out inquiry head has laughed off Queensland Resources Council concerns he will not give the organisation or the issue a "fair hearing".

Mirani MP Jim Pearce said he was only one member of the committee and the rest of the group would hold their own views.

QRC has been smarting since earlier this month when Mr Pearce launched an attack on multinational mining companies, accusing some of mistreating employees.

Mr Pearce suggested QRC stop "sooking" and "get on with it".

The inquiry will also consider other long-distance commuting practices, such as driving.

It will also investigate health impacts on workers and their families and the projected growth of FIFO.

Mr Pearce has extended the deadline for four groups, including mining giant BMA, beyond last Monday's deadline that 27 written submissions met.

He was pleased with the number of responses and said he was looking forward to travelling around the Bowen Basin with the committee to hear submissions.

Mr Pearce said two people who felt targeted by mining companies asked for their submissions to remain confidential.

But the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union has been outspoken about its submission calling for an end to existing 100% FIFO work practices in central Queensland.

The majority of submissions condemned FIFO.

Many of these were from businesses and community members whose towns had felt the negative impact of flying in workers.

Other groups submitted studies and explanations about the effective use of FIFO, including some FIFO workers.

The committee will report back to parliament by the end of September.

- APN NEWSDESK



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