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Under arrest, NSW MPs Jeremy Buckingha (left) and Dawn Walker (centre) among other demonstrators at today’s protest. Photo NSW Greens

North Coast Greens MLC Dawn Walker and NSW Greens mining spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham were arrested yesterday by Queensland police after taking part in a blockade of the Adani Carmichael coal mine rail construction site at Belyando, 270km west of Bowen.

The MPs were arrested at 6:35am along with a dozen other climate activists and charged with trespass unlawfully on a place of business.

Ms Walker said, ‘It was a very important day for me, stopping work on the Adani mine and being arrested with climate activists who understand the importance of preventing this destructive project from going ahead,’ said Greens MP Dawn Walker.

‘I was proud to stand with traditional owners who have said ‘no means no’ to Adani, and made it clear they will not be surrendering their land and water to this coal corporation.

‘Although this mine is miles from anywhere, the eyes of all Australia are on it. We have travelled days to get here but believe many more will follow.

‘I’m appalled by the way this project is tearing indigenous communities apart and offering a sub standard agreement to traditional owners for their land, with little economic opportunity. On every level Adani’s controversial mine does not stack up,’ she said.

Mr Buckingham said, ‘I’m proud to stand with activists in defence of climate and country, and represent all those people around Australia and internationally who want to stop the Adani coal project,’ said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham

‘Although we are MPs from NSW this is an issue of national and international significance. Adani represents a line in the sand for all those concerned about climate change who do not want to see a new coal precinct opened up in Australia.

Green MPs have a proud tradition of participating in peaceful, non-violent direct action and we stand with all those opposed to this crazy coal mine,’ said Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham


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  1. They should be back in their Electorate doing the job their Constituents expect them to do .
    The onus is on the Queensland MP’s and their constituents to protest this project , not ‘ fly in activists ‘ from other States .

  2. The Greens are the only political party to stand up against this fossil fuel-intensive and destructive coal mine. The other parties say it will create more jobs. Jobs at what price? What is more important – an estimated unsustainable 1500 jobs from a coal industry that no one wants to invest in because the way of the future is renewable energy, or 69,000+ long-term environmentally friendly jobs in the tourist industry (which would be in jeopardy if 60million tonnes of second-rate coal is transported through the Great Barrier Reef every year). GetUp has reported that in 2011 a ship carrying Adani coal sank off the coast of Mumbai, devastating beaches, tourism and marine life and that Adani did nothing to clean up the mess for five years. The risk of contamination of the World Heritage Great Barrier Reef is too high, not to mention contamination of water supplies in the Great Artesian Basin. Dawn Walker and Jeremy Buckingham are to be congratulated for doing what their constituents expect them to do – taking direct action against a company which will add 4.6billion tonnes of greenhouse pollution into the atmosphere when coal mines need to be phased out in order to combat climate change, which will affect each and every one of us.

  3. “The best preconditions of life are the rays of the sun, water, air and the different chemical elements on the earth and also a favourable temperature.
    It is on these pillars that human health and longevity rest. We shall see how the trees transform all these natural forces from their original state in which they are unsuitable for human consumption into a fit state.

    Trees represent a great filtering machine for the human organism.
    First, they improve and transform the air in such a way that it has the most favourable effect upon the human lungs and organism. If we breathe the air among trees we can immediately observe a great difference between such air and that of treeless regions.
    Secondly, trees accumulate in their fruits those parts of the solar rays which the human organism cannot capture and absorb, and thus transmit those parts to the human organism consuming the fruits.
    The human organism is thus enabled to absorb those radiations of the sun which it cannot absorb directly through the skin.
    Similarly the trees filter water for the human organism. Water as it comes from the earth contains many inorganic materials which have an unfavourable influence when accumulated in the human organism. So the tree’s organism transforms the water with inorganic minerals into water with organic minerals.
    In the form of their fruits, trees present the human organism with the highest form of water free from inorganic material and improved by accumulated solar radiations.

    Trees thus filter the water, just as they make ready the solar rays and the air for the human organism.
    The chemical parts of the earth are also transformed by trees into organic state.
    So, as we see, trees filter and transform into the most favourable state all the four elements for the human organism—air, water, earth and solar energy.”
    Prof E.B. Szekely circa 1932

    What we are reading here are the preconditions for life on this planet, take that away, as humans have been doing for sometime, and we are witnessing the demise of the human species…continue to destroy/pollute these elements at our peril.

  4. I totally agree with Barry, Stephanie and Lynette’s statements (and -obviously – not with Chris Launder’s!)
    I take my hat off to Dawn and Jeremy who are helping focus on this crucial battle against mega-coal and supporting renewable energy and environmentally friendly jobs.

  5. Thanks Dawn for getting out there and helping to (hopefully) stop this dinosaur project which will only benefit the corporations involved and add to the already disastrous climate problem. You have my full support!

  6. The questions include:
    Are Adani and its owners principled, honest folk that have Australia’s interests at heart? Mmm!!!

    Does this project benefit the local indigenous community by increasing the health of the land, providing ‘sustainable ’employment and protecting sacred sites? Well!!

    Does this mine benefit the broader Australian community through sustainable jobs that will be there in ten years while protecting the Reef from any risks of coal dumping accidents? Uhhh!

    Will this project move us toward reducing the effects of Climate change or will it take us closer to more catastrophic events? Hmph!

    I congratulate the Greens members for standing up for their convictions.

    I would like the greens party to move from the party of ‘No’ and ‘Stop’, to be the party of Yes – i.e. Yes renewable energy will bring us sustainable jobs ‘and here is the blueprint’ in other words provide an irresistible argument to this relentless 20th century fossil fuel thinking by fossilised government and some unscrupulous elements of big business.

    It’s time to put away party politics and work toward a more equal, just society, where we seek opportunities to educate all for what can be a golden era of clean energy, prosperity and peace.

  7. Thank you Dawn Walker MP and Jeremy Buckingham MP for doing above and beyond your duty as an elected representative. Most of Parliament is bought out by the fossil fool industry. This is a global issue, not a QLD issue. In the news today is that if we don’t do anything regarding climate change, then the Great Barrier Reef could be dead in a decade or two. You don’t want that to happen Chris do you? I didn’t know this action was going to happen. Is there any way to find out when the blockade will be in place for the over 200,000 of us who have signed up to protect our land from the greedy fossil fool industry?

  8. So when are the police going to arrest the real criminals in parliament. Too big a list to mention here. Well done to all concerned activists, Green or otherwise.


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