LETTER: Cleaning up after Clive will ensure jobs for years

IT APPEARS that the good people of Townsville have no need to stress over their future employment opportunities as recent reports of the clean-up costs of the mess left behind by Clive Palmer will exceed $1.5 billion.

That should keep them going for a few years.

As poor old Clive now claims he never was a billionaire and will possibly have to sell a couple of used cars and a plane or two just to get by, it's quite obvious that he won't be stumping up any funds to assist, so that cost will be born once again by taxpayers.

Why aren't mining "tycoons" forced to pay cash into retention funds set up by state governments to fund these inevitable disasters based on the actual costs, rather than guarantees that prove in most cases to be worthless?

All sub-contractors in the construction industry are subject to paying cash retentions, so why are mining companies not subjected to the same rules?

It wasn't long ago that Clive Palmer was splashing out on cars and holidays and now, when the inevitable has occurred, we don't hear a word of remorse from him.

DON PORTORS, Mooloolaba


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