Adani is not going to happen?
Michael West writes in the Brisbane Times (5.4.16): ‘Adani is not going to happen; the construction, that is, of the leviathan Carmichael mine, the world’s largest thermal coal mine in the hinterland of the Great Barrier Reef. Much is the wailing and gnashing of teeth at the move by the Queensland government to approve the project but this approval is entirely political.’
TJ RYAN FOUNDATION Executive Editor Ann Scott writes: “Let us hope that he is right – though it may be a strange politics that ignores the predictable reaction of environmentalists. Yesterday I started composing a letter of apology to my grandchildren, saying that many of us tried to point out the insanity of the Adani project, and apologising to them for the almost certain destruction of beauties of north Queensland that they or their descendants may never be able to see. I shall hold off. In hope.”
Immediate protests about the Adani approval
Amy Remeikis reports in the Brisbane Times (4.4.16) on protests greeting the government’s announcement that it has granted approval for Adani’s Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin to proceed to next approvals stage. There are also repeated claims that the coal mining project’s estimated job numbers are exaggerated, and that the actual likelihood of the project reaching construction stage is doubtful.
‘The same people who campaigned for the Palaszczuk Government on the back of its promise to protect the Great Barrier Reef turned on the minority administration on Monday, in scenes reminiscent of the Newman years.
‘On Monday, protesters gathered outside Queensland’s parliament to protest the approval of Adani coal mining projects in the Galilee basin and at Abbot Point.
‘Using recycled Labor candidate placards, painted over with protest messages and contact details for ministers, including Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Mines Minister Anthony Lynham, more than 150 people gathered outside Queensland Parliament House to express their sense of “betrayal”.’