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Often referred to as Saint Bob, conservationist, activist, and former leader of the Australian Greens, Bob Brown will host a rally in Mullumbimby as part of the Stop Adani Convoy next month.

‘Our plans are well advanced for this public showdown with the coal mining industry and its political backers,’ says Brown. ‘In the run-up to the federal election, the global mining giant looks set to start its colossal Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland.

Brown says the Stop Adani Convoy has been scheduled although the mine has no final go-ahead and despite there being no date set for the federal election. ‘The convoy’s aim is to keep Adani and climate change on voters’ minds as they go to the ballot box.

‘May the next parliament move the nation out of extracting and burning fossil fuels!

‘Our plans are strong and based on the best information available, but there is a chance the schedule could change.’

The convoy will depart from Hobart on April 17, sailing on the Spirit of Tasmania that evening.

They will pick up convoy participants at designated locations along the way, including Hobart, Melbourne, Albury, Sydney, Coffs Harbour, Mullumbimby, Brisbane, Yeppoon, Airlie Beach, Mackay, the Galilee Basin and Canberra.  ‘We will be holding rallies in these places along the way,’ says Brown.

Once on the mainland, the convoy will depart from Melbourne on the 18th. The plan is to drive in Mullum for the rally on the 21st then onwards to the main event in the Galilee Area on April 28.

The Mullum rally will include speeches from key national and local activists.

Organisers say the rally will see a massive convoy of cars come to town, with flags, posters and joyous non-violent protest cries, and hundreds of people from Northern Rivers joining the convoy as it makes its way up to the Galilee Basin.
It will be a chance to add the voices and flavour of the Northern Rivers to this national political campaign – a pivotal moment in the lead up to the federal election slated for May.

Already, 2000+ people have inquired about joining the convoy, with the convoy picking up participants along the way. People are encouraged to join the convoy in their own vehicles for as much as they can, from 5kms to 5000kms.

For more info about joining the convoy and the itinerary go to: https://www.bobbrown.org.au/stopadani_co

The Mullum free rally will be held at the Mullumbimby Showgrounds on 21 April (Easter Sunday), from 2-3pm.

More details and all updates about this the Mullumbimby Rally will be added to the Facebook event.

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  1. Bob,
    Flip a coin because Adani is not a Federal issue. It is a State issue of Qld. To stop Adani you have to have a money spinner to compensate as the state of Qld is in debt by $80billion. Say that again and it is $80billion and the state needs Adani to help pay off that debt. It is not about coal, the problem is money as debt. It is the same as the US as the US is in debt by more than $21 trillion.
    What needs to be done in Australia is for the Great Barrier Reef to help pay off that debt in Tourism. Tourism needs to be increased.
    There is a real fear in central Qld about unemployment because of that $80billion debt especially among politicians on both sides but they are not the ones to be put out of work. They are thinking in political terms of the Party.

    • Adani is not a Qld or federal problem, it’s a global extinction problem, old mate. Will enough Australians ever have the fortitude to admit that to themselves and take action?
      After last weekend’s election results and such non-stop nonsense from people such as Len on every media platform, there must be grave doubts that homo sapiens is intelligent enough to survive the climate catastrophe we have caused.

      • Sorry for upsetting you that you have to purge out in subjectiveness. Sorry about that. But I am not sorry for being correct.

    • “What needs to be done in Australia is for the Great Barrier Reef to help pay off that debt in Tourism. Tourism needs to be increased.”

      I like this idea Len. However… One important factor here is the Reef is dying (due to changes in ocean temperatures and chemistry, one part of climate change), and the proposed Adani mine would add pollution to the Reef killing it quicker. In this case, literally the Adani mine would further destroy the potential for eco-tourism in Qld.

    • Adani’s mines in India are running at a loss, they are not the financial influxer they propose to be, and there’s no indication that this mine will be any different.
      That’s secondary to the fact that a coal mine is literally the last thing this planet needs right now. We are looking at catastrophic global warming levels if those in power (pun intended) don’t wake up to this fact and transition fast.

  2. Forget about the party-well-paid-people Len. Look to Tourism to pay
    off the state debts. Look to this lands’ inhabitants & ‘live lightly’ for
    the next 4 years [it was done in NZ & it worked]. Positive thinking &
    being works. Adani & the rest of the Mining thugs can go & try to play
    elsewhere because Climate Change is a Federal issue. Bob Brown
    is no fool. He can’t be bought. Politicians these days can learn a lot
    from him. I can’t imagine Bob thinking Glad’s stadium is an Aussie
    life-saver monument.

  3. Oh… If this event was only one hour hater….
    Everyone working at the beach front Markets, would be able to participate..
    Shame ?

  4. That person’s about as far from a saint as you could get.
    Note the request to join this rent-a-crowd convoy in cars burning fossil fuels, and for people to travel in their own cars, thus increasing the amount of fuel used etc.- not exactly environmentally sound. Where’s the car-pooling that environmentalists theoretically promote?
    The whole thing is hypocritical to say the least, and is a blatant left-wing political move designed to take peoples’ minds off the real issues facing our nation.
    I would plead with my fellow Australians not to be lulled into thinking that the Greens’ environmental feel-good posturing is benign or possibly even good for the nation.
    Now, more than ever, Australia needs compassionate and strong leadership from a Government that sees the critical issues for what they are. We need a Government that can prove that they are able to competently manage economic policies and provide stability, including job stability and stability in industrial relations, rather than just promise all sorts of things to appeal to short-term thinkers and get themselves into Parliament.
    One only has to look at the last forty years of the all-important economic markers that keep a nation going, to see which Governments have provided careful and stable management of the nation’s finances- this should make things fairly clear as to what is best for us all moving forward from the next Federal election.

    • Scott there’s plenty of car pooling involved. And a vanguard of electric vehicles. People can only operate within the system that exists if they want to change it.

    • Scott are you saying short-term economics is more long-term than addressing disastrous climate change? You fail to address the opportunity cost of not addressing it.

  5. Wake up people and take your rose coloured glasses off for a moment. The coal industry is a massive money earner for this country, where do you think the freeways you will be driving on for your fairyland tour have been financed from. Old saying but very true, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Take this money from our nation and who do you think makes up the shortfall in lost revenue, bingo the good old Aussie Battler. Safe driving to you all in your oil burning cars, lithium powered car batteries, rubber wheels, alloy engine components, copper electrical wires and petroleum based plastic parts. Yeah you guys are really conscious of stopping mining industries.

  6. Try the other industries… there’s new jobs appearing that don’t
    wreck the country. 3 decades ago the Aussie scientist Mac
    Burnet noted solar technology in an array of panels placed in
    the Nullarbor 100 miles x 100 miles would collect enough energy
    to power most of the planet. Mac knew only too well what was
    needed. The government wasn’t impressed because it was too
    easy thus the coal dollar won. Cheap as chips? Far too foolish.

  7. Just tax corporations and pay off Qld debt. Stop states making colossal, naive, destructive and costly mistakes in future – like this mess. We cannot and must not sell off and privatise what people have already paid for at the whim of foolish agendas.

  8. So if we stop producing coal how do we make steel. Last I checked to get iron ore to the required temperature you need coking coal, which is the biggest portion of our coal industry. I haven’t researched it but I’m pretty sure your solar panels aren’t gonna cut it. I know we’ll stop using steel and go back to bamboo.?

    • Gee Paul, have you heard of pumped hydro power generation? Or the renewable infrastructure driving the Whyalla Steelworks?

      • Yeah Michael, what your talking about is power to the base plant for it’s normal function. Coking coal cannot be taking out of the steel making portion as it supplies the necessary carbon to transform the ore to the steel the world currently relies on for all construction needs and will for the far distant future. Let’s not try and reinvent the wheel it rolls pretty well now.

  9. Yes it’s a shame there isn’t a train to carry the convoy. That’s Federal and State issue, LNP did this too.
    Adani is corrupt and has a shocking environmental history, makes its money and leaves a trail of disaster in it’s wake.
    QLD should create jobs in renewable energy sector to transition employment.

    • Great Val what do we do with all the mining communities left in the lurch while we make the agonisingly slow transition to feable renewable power that can hardly power a suburb in Sydney. Take a trip out to these communities and you will see the human side to the decisions made in the ivory towers of the city folks. Once again what replaces the royalties currently taking from our mining industries, oh that’s right higher taxes and power costs to you guessed it the Aussie Battler.

    • Ripper comment Mike. It’s so easy in the populated areas where all your conveniences are afforded by the hard working people in our regional areas, but the last in line when it comes to infrastructure spending.

  10. 700 cars on the bogus protest run by these dreamers. Here’s a run down on the environmental cost of the protest. 1 vehicle contains 8.7kg lead, 1 kg sulphuric acid, 25kg copper 75kg in an EV, 20 kg processed rubber and synthetics, 1080kg steel, 70ltrs petrol, 6 ltrs oil, 2ltrs glycol highly carcengenic anti-freeze, 110 kg plastic components based from crude oil, 10kg synthetic fibre based from coal and petroleum. Not discounting at least 1mobile phone, 1laptop all containing similar ingredients as the above mentioned car components obviously in smaller amounts. What a difference you guys are making really standing up for your environmental concerns.

    • The numbers are in people. I hope everyone is sitting down for this. 2000 people, yes you read correctly ??, at a heavily publicized protest on a public holiday in a major capital city of 2 300 000 people. This is game changing guy’s, that’s .086% of the whole population of Brisbane what a ground swell of support. Good stuff guy’s. With this sort of support we should be able to get rid of coal by the year 2525 if man is still alive.????????.


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