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The coal industry in Queensland is struggling to keep up with its huge demand, with the state's most profitable industries expecting to lose some 2,000 jobs by 2025 as industry growth in other sectors falls.

The coal industry in Queensland is booming at a time when demand is falling.

The industry has been hit by steep falls in world coal prices and falling prices in the world's second largest economy for demand, partly thanks to China.

The coal industry employs a total of around 3.2 million Queenslanders.

The industry is expected to lose around 2,000 jobs over the next year by 2025.

Business in the Queensland business community said industry executives were not optimistic the industry could cope without further industry growth.

"We haven't been given the benefit of the doubt on where the bottom lies, or how much future growth is there," said Tony Wilson from Australian Coal Association Queensland.

The Queensland business community is not worried the industry has much room to grow, given the fact China is expected to reduce domestic coal imports from 2017, said Mr Wilson.

"I think the Australian economy, over the next five years will be in more or less the same position as it's been for the last five or six years.

"We are pretty much in that position," he said.

As well as employment, there is concern the industry is facing significant financial challenges.

"For the Queensland industry it's always a bit hard to sustain in the current environment. So that's a big concern," said Mr Wilson.

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(2) No rental accommodation will be deemed to be rented by or in the name of a corporation unless and until:

(a) the Corporation has made a reasonable return in accordance with the regulations to any person requesting and, at a time specified in the return, giving:

(i) its name and address, including the name and address of the Board; and

(ii) the address of the place to which the rental accommodation was provided or rented; and

(iii) the amount of rent charged to the tenant for the rental accommodation; and

(iv) the reasons for the rent charge; and

(b) the Board makes a reasonable return to the person requesting and giving:

(i) the name of the Corporation; and

(ii) the address of the place to which the corporation provided or rented the rental accommodation; and

(iii) any written explanation of the reason for the reasons given;

with respect to the reasons for the reasons given; and

(c) the Board gives the person a reasonable opportunity to respond to the reasons given; and

(d) if the person has not made a reasonable return to the person—the Board gives a written notice of the reason for not making a reasonable return to the person, as specified in the notice.

(3) Subsection (2) does not apply if the return was given to the person after the commencement of this subsection.

(4) This section does not prevent a rental accommodation provider who provides or rents rental accommodation or which has the care of an elderly person and has reasonable notice to comply with subsection (1) if the person fails to comply with the request.

(5) The Minister may by legislative instrument make regulations about determining reasonable returns under this section.

(6) For the purposes of subsections (2), (3), (4), (5) and (6), reasonable returns under this section are reasonable if they are reasonable for the circumstances.

120B Application of laws requiring leases to be approved

(1) The following laws relating to leases:

(a) sections 111A and 111B, and any regulations under Part 2 of Schedule 1 to the Crimes Act 1914;

(b) sections 7 to 9, and any regulations under Part 3 of Schedule 1 to the Crimes Act 1914;

(c) sections 13 to 15, and any regulations under Part 4 of Schedule 1 to the Crimes Act 1914;

(d) paragraphs 9 to 10, and any regulations under Part 5 of Schedule 1 to the Crimes Act 1914;

(e) sections 24 to 25, and any regulations under Part 6 of Schedul