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Pennings believes civil resistance is the only option left. Photo supplied.

Ben Pennings, spokesperson for Galilee Blockade

Thus far, a coal mine has never been stopped in Queensland on environmental grounds. A majority of Queenslanders want to stop Adani’s disastrous thermal coal mine. But politicians firmly in bed with billionaire mining magnates have failed to represent us.

On Thursday, Queensland Labor are expected to approve Adani’s dodgy and dangerous water plans. On Friday, our civil resistance starts.

Civil resistance is the final and necessary step for us to win, a powerful strategy that changes the status quo. It moves power from vested interests to the people – where it belongs.

People in Queensland wilfully got arrested to save Fraser Island and the Daintree Rainforest. They are heroes, clearly on the right side of history. I visit Fraser Island with my family and am forever grateful to them.

Thousands of ordinary Australians are willing to stand up to the government. Photo supplied

People in Queensland have already been arrested in the current fight to protect the Galilee Basin, the Great Barrier Reef, and the Great Artesian Basin. I know most of you lying here are willing to join them, to get arrested on the streets of Brisbane. If the push to open up the Galilee basin continues, there will be thousands joining you.

If Queensland Labor approve Adani’s dodgy and dangerous water plans, grassroots groups in the Stop Adani movement will move beyond conventional political protest. Sustained nonviolent tactics like strikes, boycotts, street occupations and blockades will communicate our refusal to ever allow thermal coal mining in the Galilee Basin.

How many grandparents will have to be arrested before our governments protect their grandchildren? Does Labor have the stomach to arrest thousands of everyday Queenslanders? How many party members and unions will abandon Labor in favour of peaceful protesters trying to protect their future?

The Stop Adani campaign is a line in the sand, a campaign of international significance and ecological necessity.

Go to the Galilee Blockade Facebook page or Website for more information. Sign up to join the civil resistance.

Together, we will win.


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17 COMMENTS

  1. 66 years of age, i will be travelling up north on friday. i will do what has to be done: putting my self, my body in the way of approaching disaster. not brave, not selfless, just loving this land.
    i am confident that thousands will join – just like bentley, remember?

  2. Then ‘Civil Resistance’ it is, Ben. There’s to be
    no thermal coal mining in The Galilee Basin…
    as well we are tired of being used, abused &
    lied to. Politicians filling their own hip pockets
    while wrecking the land is pitiful. Nothing left
    to say except that ‘the line’s been drawn’.

  3. I am 100 for Adani
    The Queensland and Australian people already voted barely a month ago.

    Majority of People are FOR ADANI!

    • Deon, you drawing a very long bow in saying the majority of people are for Adani. Where was the voting just on the Adani Coalmine? I must have missed it. As far as know there has never been any popularity vote purely on the issue of Adani.

  4. Yo Rasa. The ones who will be kicking and screaming will be the punters when they realise that they have been duped over the whole Adani issue. The very few Adani jobs will soon disappear as the Thermal Coal Industry hits the wall and Adani’s coalmine along with it. No mention by you of Climate Change that more burning of Adani Coal will worsen and thus threaten The Great Barrier Reef and the 60,000 jobs and $6Billions pa in Tourism $’s that The GBR already supports.

  5. Don’t assume the election results means approval of Adani by the majority. They were confused and threatened by death taxes and franking credits, a massive misinformation media campaign spearheaded by Clive Palmer. Doh!

  6. As everyday Aussies, we’ve got to ask what is better for us as a collective. If you are honest with yourself and come back with the answer of a new coal mine over and above protection of our land then watch out.

  7. We are in the minority, we can’t expect the government to represent us, they will represent the chores of the majority.

  8. Typo in my previous…

    We are in the minority, we can’t expect the government to represent us, they will represent the wishes of the majority.

  9. Recall as well that Shorten wouldn’t take a stand
    on Adani. Why? Weak at the knees Bill thought
    it safer to fence-sit & not upset QLD’s Labor.
    Stupid reasoning lost votes all over. 2 rules:
    never underestimate the people. The public
    should never underestimate a politician. By
    refusing to answer the Adani question Labor
    damaged itself & all those who placed trust
    in it. How long it’ll take to forgive the ALP is
    anyone’s guess. And again we deal with
    henchmen running the country.

  10. Just in from Larissa Waters – LIBS & LABOR
    SOLD OUT OUR CLIMATE BUT WE WILL
    Stop Adani.

    The Qld Labor Government has caved in to the
    pressure of the coal lobby & approved Adani’s
    Groundwater Management Plan.

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