Acting Deputy Premier Tim Nicholls demanded the Federal Government respond to Productivity Commission findings calling for the creation of a single point of approval for major projects.
Acting Deputy Premier Tim Nicholls demanded the Federal Government respond to Productivity Commission findings calling for the creation of a single point of approval for major projects. Max Fleet

Nicholls demands Federal Govt respond to findings

JUST a day after the Queensland Government's refusal to be "badgered" into responding to the findings of an inquiry, it is attempting to do the same to the Federal Government.

On Thursday, Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie dismissed union demands his department respond to a recent inquiry into workers' compensation laws, saying he preferred to take his time.

On Friday, Acting Deputy Premier Tim Nicholls demanded the Federal Government respond to Productivity Commission findings calling for the creation of a single point of approval for major projects.

The commission's draft report was released on August 5 and is now open for discussion.

A final report is not due to be handed to the government until December.

But Mr Nicholls said with the Coalition already pledging to create a one-stop-shop for these approvals, the Labor government had to make its position clear.

He said massive coal projects in the Galilee Basin were waiting for federal approval after being given a go-ahead by the state.

"We are talking about projects that private industry and investors want to start work on now," Mr Nicholls said.

The Productivity Commission warns that a 12-month delay for a major oil or gas project could cost developers $700 million.

It suggests better co-ordination, a single process and requiring published justification for decisions.

The Prime Minister's office did not respond to requests for comment before deadline.


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