Qld mining lease objection to be reviewed

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The Queensland government has launched a review of laws governing objections to mining projects as the sector faces global headwinds for climate action.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk used a speech at the Queensland Resources Council annual lunch to announce the review by the state's Law Reform Commission.

"My government is committed to working with industry to reform processes to provide greater clarity for investment," Ms Palaszczuk said on Wednesday.

The announcement comes as Queensland releases a draft industry development plan, outlining measures to "transform the state's resources sector by 2050".

"The Queensland government acknowledges that many of the current processes related to objections ... do not create certainty for industry, communities and other stakeholders," the draft plan says.

"These processes may get in the way of the rapid transformation that is needed to create a more sustainable resources industry."

Community participation in objection processes will not be removed or reduced as a result of the review, the draft says.

Terms of references are yet to be finalised.

International demand for greater climate action is not a barrier for a growing resources sector, Ms Palaszczuk told the audience.

"The global commitments at COP26 towards net zero emissions by 2050 are not a zero-sum game between action on climate change and mining jobs," she said.

"These commitments to net zero will make Queensland's resources sector even stronger over the long term."

Mineral deposits in the state would be needed to build clean energy infrastructure, Ms Palaszczuk said.

"As a key input for steel, Queensland's metallurgical coal will continue to support the construction of wind turbines across the world," she said.

Measures proposed in the draft plan include the development of a battery industry strategy, restarting abandoned mineral mines and looking at rent deferrals for "new economy minerals projects".

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