Condamine MP Pat Weir.
Condamine MP Pat Weir. Alasdair Young

New Hope legal hurdles a national embarrassment: MP

THE process mining company New Hope has had to go through to get their New Acland expansion approved is a "national embarrassment”, an LNP MP has told parliament.

Parliament on Tuesday voted that a government bill to reintroduce water licences for mines be debated and voted next week after the Government amended an LNP motion to debate it immediately.

Speaker Peter Wellington voted with the government in his second tie-breaking vote of the day after the two Katter's Australian Party MPs supported the Opposition and two independents voted with the Government.

Opposition Deputy Leader Deb Frecklington, who moved the original motion, said Labor's opposition to the motion proved they were "no friend of rural and regional Queensland”.

Condamine MP Pat Weir said the legal hurdles New Hope had to get through for the mine to be approved were too onerous.

"The process New Hope has endured is nothing short of a national embarrassment,” he said.

"The town of Oakey is going through some tough times.

"Give the people of Oakey some certainty.”

Environment Minister Steven Miles moved that the motion be changed to ensure the bill would be debated next week.

He described the LNP motion as a "stunt” that was opposing the rights of farmers.

He said the LNP motion would prevent MPs being able to consider the parliamentary committee report into the bill and being able to consult industry.

The report urged the minister to consider the impact on mines including New Acland and Adani's Carmichael mine in central Queensland, before reintroducing it to parliament.

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham said the motion was "pure political opportunism” from the LNP to move the debate forward only a matter of days.

Dr Lynham said the New Acland mine was "not progressed at all” under the previous LNP Government.

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