Approve The Mine To Save Jobs: Canavan

Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan has called on the Queensland government to immediately approve a controversial coal mine expansion to save workers' jobs.

New Hope Group's New Acland coal mine in the Darling Downs, near Toowoomba, had hoped the Brisbane Court of Appeal decision on Tuesday would clear the way for the state government to grant final approvals for the project.

But the court hearing the Oakey Coal Action Alliance appeal found media reports had enraged a judge and biased an earlier decision in the long-running legal battle.

As a result, the future of the $900 million third stage expansion is unclear despite the court throwing out the farmers' last-ditch legal bid to stop the project.