Newman says he'll help Palmer

29 November 2013 12:12 AM

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Updated: 17:15, Thursday November 28, 2013

The Queensland premier says his government will help federal MP Clive Palmer keep his Townsville nickel refinery open.

Campbell Newman has called on the mining magnate to keep his promise to invest $1 billion in the Yabulu plant, protect existing jobs, and create 500 new positions.

'We might have had our disagreements, but if he needs the support of the government with any application to actually reinvest, to build the refinery up, to secure those jobs, he has our full support,' Mr Newman said.

Mr Newman said media reports had suggested a cloud was hanging over the plant's future, and Mr Palmer needed to act on his investment pledge to allay the government's concerns.

AAP has sought comment from Mr Palmer, who has previously said the refinery's future is secure.


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