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Will Labor’s loss mean approval for the Adani coal mine?

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So the move by the Queensland state Labor government should not be a knee jerk reaction to approve Adani but a clear, thought through process that takes into consideration all the competing needs of both the short-term gain and long-term sustainability of the planet.

However, according to former Greens leader Bob Brown the demands of Adani are ‘that there be a decision within a fortnight and that that decision is for the mega coal mine to go ahead’.

‘This makes a farce of due process,’ he said.

‘This mine, and the potential opening up of six more mines in the Galilee coal basin, affects the future of every Australian. The future of the Murray-Darling food bowl, our snowfields, the Great Barrier Reef and the whole of the Australian coastline is at stake in our era of climate emergency.

‘After an election in which the prime minister Scott Morrison did not mention Adani, and so has no mandate, popular opposition to accelerating global warming through opening new coal mines like Adani will only grow,’ Bob Brown said.

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  1. How dare Adani ‘demand’ an agreement for his mine
    to go ahead. Does he feel he ‘owns’ Australia? And,
    what is the Qld Premier about to do? Getting the
    jitters – perhaps. It would be a sad mistake to give
    way to pressure – or is there more to it than meets
    the eye. Why not start an investigation on who
    benefits what. Remember too, there are another
    6 Galilee mines lining up. It’s starting to look &
    sound like The War Of The Worlds all over again.

  2. Good approve them all. What right do you selfish individuals have to deprive tens of millions of Asians and Indians the right to lift themselves out of poverty with affordable energy. Based only the bullshit and lies of the great ponzi scheme of mmcc. Bear in mind, if the federal election was a first past the post system the coalition would have 89 seats. Hardly split down the middle as you falsely claim.

  3. Hi Stefanie Bennett. on the Galilee and the coalmines waiting in line to open for business. The proponents of The China Stone Coalmine, next to Adani’s proposed coalmine, have now called a halt to their proposal. It was to be a 38 million tonne per year affair compared to Adani’s 10 -15 million tonne per year affair. If the China Stone isn’t a commercial goer then what the commercial prospects of Adani. New Coal is not viable, Rio Tinto and BHP have indicated as much with their respective actions of late.

  4. Yes, thanks Joachim. I got the word yesterday but
    the power’s been off for 8 hours today. Now Bob,
    no need for abuse. The technology is there & can
    be taken to any country for a little more than a
    pittance. There are organizations who’ll do the work
    for those who’ve always used coal. No-one wants
    ‘black lung’ disease either – certainly not me. My
    family 2 generation’s back were miners. Don’t
    assume as selfish anyone willing to help another,
    let alone help clean up the Climate mess.


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