Coal king in Queensland

COAL miners have made a record contribution to the Queensland budget, with coal royalties a record $3.678 billion for 2017-18.

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Queensland coal miners have done the heavy lifting for the state's finances.

Overall royalties including minerals and LNG hit $4.327 billion.

The budget forecast total royalties to increase to $4.458 billion in 2018-19, with a boost in royalties expected from petroleum and minerals.

Coal royalties are predicted to bring in $3.522 billion in 2018-19.

The 2018-19 budget royalties windfall for the Queensland government is much greater than the budget handed down last year, which projected coal royalties to be $2.432 billion and total royalties to hit $2.989 billion.

If the Queensland Resources Council is right though, coal royalties may take a $500 million hit in 2018-19 thanks to Aurizon's revised maintenance practices on the Central Queensland Coal Network.

Queensland Treasurer Jackie Trad has rubbished that claim, sayin...