Queensland Liberal National Party leader Deb Frecklington will investigate a tweet mocking farmers protesting the Adani coal mine.
A group of farmers rallied outside Parliament House on Monday to voice their concerns about the Adani coal mine.
When a photograph of the protest was shared on Twitter, the official LNP account replied: “What do these people farm? Soy lattes?”
Ten News journalist Tegan George corrected the party, saying the protesters were in fact cattle graziers.
The LNP tweet has since been deleted.
Asked on Tuesday whether it was appropriate, Ms Frecklington said she was not aware of the online jibe and would look into the matter.
“I won’t be making any comment in relation to the official Twitter page, I’ll have to check that,” Ms Frecklington told reporters.
“Obviously the LNP are the only party that supports rural and regional Queensland and farmers.”
Katter’s Australian Party MP Robbie Katter, who represents the regional electorate of Traeger centred on Mt Isa, said a lot of farmers had issues with resource exploration impacting on farmland.
“I think it’s quite insensitive to be casting them off, because I know personally there are a handful out there who are pretty ticked off about mining development,” Mr Katter told reporters.
— Tegan George (@tegangeorge) March 5, 2018
“I think there’s a lot of rehearsed lines that come out of the major parties they’re not proud of, and that perhaps is one of them.”
It comes as Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk reiterated her support for the Adani mine, despite federal Labor leader Bill Shorten now saying he doesn’t support the project.
The LNP opposition has challenged the Premier to explain her position on the proposed $16.5 billion mine, after Mr Shorten told reporters: “I don’t support the Adani project.”
“The government supports Adani as long as it financially stacks up. We have been clear about that from day one,” Ms Palaszczuk told Parliament on Tuesday.
“I will stand up for Queensland and for jobs in the resources sector, for what it brings this state.”
But Ms Palaszczuk also took the time to spruik international interest in Queensland’s gas industry, which has been put forward as a transitional resource between coal and renewables.
Mr Shorten has said that while he doesn’t support Adani’s mine, he won’t tear up the company’s approvals if Labor wins the next federal election.
“When contracts are entered in to by previous governments, we can’t just simply rip them up because that would then create investment uncertainty.”