Macfarlane has refuted claims by Queensland treasurer Jacky Trad that there is no future in coal.
Queensland leads the way to closing gaps for Indigenous Australians
Signs of growing love for miners from both sides of politics.
A new geological report found Queensland's untapped coal deposits have almost doubled.
There will be 2 million tonnes of ore processed at Sconi each year for at least 18 years.
The Closing the Gap 2018 update reported 6599 Indigenous Australians were employed in mining.
The total export figures surpassed the previous record by 2Mt.
Resources jobs were up 20% on the previous year in the November quarter.
The boost in royalties is good news for the Queensland government, according to the QRC.
Coal accounted for 69% of economic contributions.
Amendment to remove retrospectivity introduced at 11th hour.
New technologies can increase safety for workers.