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Wilson supports Collie coal industry

FEDERAL member for O’Connor Rick Wilson has reiterated his support for the Collie coal mining industry.

Speaking in Parliament House last week, Mr Wilson spoke about how proud he was to represent Collie, WA’s only coal mining province producing about 50 per cent of the state’s power.

“I’m very proud of those coalminers,” he said during his speech.

“I reiterate what (Energy) Minister (Angus) Taylor has said: we won’t sacrifice jobs and industries in regional Australia for no global emissions benefits and we won’t impose taxes to get there.

Mr Wilson reiterated that it’s not just the coal miners in Collie who work very hard to enable enormous productivity and benefits for this country.

“The Worsley Alumina refinery employs 3000 people and relies on the baseload power that’s produced from the Collie power stations just up the road,” he said.

“It employs so many people and puts so much wealth into the economy in the south-west of Western Australia.”



I was inspired to run for Parliament following my involvement in a decade-long campaign to deregulate the wheat industry, which brought about the end of the Australian Wheat Board’s monopoly.

“I stand proudly for the Liberal philosophy of free markets, vigorous competition, small government and individual responsibility. These are the principles that guide me in my life and in this place. My track record in public life shows clearly that I am prepared to stand up for those principles.”

“To the electors of O'Connor, I reiterate the commitment that I have made to work tirelessly on your behalf, to always be frank and honest about the challenges we face, and to work cooperatively and collaboratively to improve the lives of the people who live in the greatest part of the greatest nation on earth”

– Rick Wilson MP Maiden Speech.