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Queensland population reaches 5 millionth milestone

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Ian Macfarlane, Chief Executive of the Queensland Resources Council, has issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the State’s resources industry, I welcome the arrival of the five millionth Queenslander and reaffirm the sector’s support for all Queenslanders.

“The resources industry has been a constant contributor in the development of Queensland as a decentralised State and an economic powerhouse exporting to the world.

“As our State’s population reaches this milestone, the Queensland resources sector is providing:

  • “AUS$11 029 for every man, woman and child living in Queensland in direct and indirect contribution to the State’s economy of AUS$55.1 billion in 2016 - 2017, including royalties paid to the State Government to reinvest in infrastructure and services.
  • “AUS$11 240 for every man, woman and child living in Queensland in export sales, with AUS$56.2 billion in mining commodities accounting for almost 80% of the State’s merchandise good sales overseas in the last 12 months.
  • “One in every eight jobs in Queensland with 38 000 full-time equivalent directly employed with a total of 280 000 jobs supported across the State including 120 000 or 11% of the Brisbane workforce. In terms of the employment of Indigenous Australians, the resources sector has reached parity with the population. Indigenous Queenslanders make up 4% of our population and 4% of our sector’s workforce.
  • “Globally, Queensland is in the top five source for coking coal for steelmaking and manufacture (first), lead (second), bauxite (third), zinc (fourth) and silver (fifth), and is supporting Australia become the world’s second largest LNG exporter.
  • “All resource sector operations are on a total of 0.1% of Queensland’s land area.”

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