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‘Critical infrastructure’: Queensland MP supports coal-fired power station

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A Queensland MP says High Efficiency Low Emission (HELE) coal-fired power plants are the answer to the energy debate.

Barnaby Joyce wants taxpayers to build a new coal-fired power station in central Queensland, saying it is a key pillar of the economy.

The move puts him at odds with some of his colleagues, including Nationals Michael McCormack who says the government should only support a coal station that “stacks up” financially.

But Queensland Nationals member Keith Pitt tells Ross Greenwood “it is critical infrastructure for this country.”

“It drives our economy, without it we will be devastated.

“HELE coal would probably be the most affordable, most efficient, most reliable source for people in North Queensland.”

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