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The Mackay office of piping company AC Whalan is in lockdown this morning as they come under pressure to withdraw their tender from Adani’s controversial Carmichael mine.

Thirty concerned citizens have formed a picket line in support of 20 year old Lisa Amato, who has locked herself to the gate of the facility. Although AC Whalan have not publicly announced a tender for Adani’s polyethylene pipe contract, Frontline Action on Coal say they have information that the company has submitted a tender.

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Frontline Action on Coal spokesperson Donna Smit said ‘Those willing to resist this mine and defend our climate are spread through all sectors of society. People within the industry have leaked the companies competing for Adani’s piping contract, and today we are bringing AC Whalan’s involvement into the light.

‘The message we are sending to AC Whalan and all other companies involved with Adani is that we have our eyes on Adani’s contractors. With the effects of climate breakdown being seen right now across this country, any company that hopes to profit from the destruction of our planet can expect serious resistance.’

Five people have been arrested in two separate actions over the last fortnight at the Townsville office of another piping company, Iplex. More than fifty companies have now distanced themselves from working with Adani as a result of public pressure.

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  1. Thirty one “concerned citizens” and because they’re not at work don’t want anyone else to be either by denying them employment opportunities to be generated by the mine. These people are crazy.

    • They are concerned to have a sustainable future for our species, some don’t care about that just short term financial gain. Pay attention to the energy transition taking place, coal is on its way out. The Qld govt will get no royalties for 10 years, by which time the Adani mine will be a stranded asset and we’ll be obliged to pay for the clean up.
      Who’s crazy?

    • Hey buddy.

      They are at work cause myself and hundreds others are paying them to be there on our behalf… I can shoot you the account number if you would like to donate or are you happy to be in one hell of a smoking ceremony right now with over 100 fires and 98 % of our state in the worse drought since colonization and the mighty Murray/Darling reduced to a dribble ! Never mind those poor Pacific nations that will be our refugees very soon !

    • And have you noticed there are 53 fires burning in Queensland, and there is not enough water to put them out? How much water does a coal mine use? Educate yourself. Queensland is doomed to a hot, dry future. No jobs in a burnt out waterless wasteland.

    • Hey Denis, here’s an interesting quote for you regarding the employment prospects of the Adani mine. From Adani Mining CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraju: “When we ramp up the Carmichael mine, everything will be autonomous from mine to port. In our eyes, this is the mine of the future.”

  2. No, not crazy. On leave & on holidays in Townsville &
    2 others studying online. There’s a lot to be said for
    supporting the lack of Adani. Common sense flew out
    the window a few years’ back. There are far more jobs
    available in the alternatives in this country without do-
    ing a wrecking job here. Advance Australia Fair… &
    that includes Makay. This land is in need of thinking &
    caring citizens as opposed to those who use & abuse
    it. Money talks more’s the pity.

  3. Disgraceful that these people blackmail small businesses trying to earn a living on a legitimate, government approved and economically, environmentally and socially responsible project. Adani – 10m tonnes of coal out of 360 million in Australian exports. So what? If Australia doesn’t supply, India will just buy dirtier coal from China or Indonesia. 160 million people in India don’t have access to electricity. These left wing racists are quite happy to charge their iphones using coal fired power but want to deny the opportunity to the world’s poorest. What hypocrites!.

    • India can jump over dirty energy pollution in the same manner that they jumped over fixed line telephones to mobiles. Linking ‘environmentally and socially responsible, and supporting energy poor Indians with Adani is just propaganda. Climate change is seeing all himalayan glaciers in retret, and forming ice lakes that burst and wipe out whiole villagers. The Monsoon patterns are significantly altering, leading to this year massive drought and then massive floods with many killed. Indias northern bread basket is under serious threat, which threatens the life of a billion people and the collapse of India’s civilization. Your proposing to carry on with this death and destruction spiral, that now stands at at projected 3.5 degree temperature rise, which with the present temp increase has dried out Australia, threatening food production and increasing the intensity and number of bush fires. You dont speak for the poorer Indians, you just speak for employment whose pollution kills them

  4. I’ve said it before & say it again… all we need do is
    share the alternatives with India & they will have
    the energy & jobs they need. They won’t choke on
    coal & the big end of town [all towns] will just have
    to take a loss. That’s clear enough, surely. Wind
    farms & several other technologies are there for
    teaching at little cost.

  5. Does anyone know if Australia’s economy would actually be doomed if we stopped all fossil fuel exports? Gambling might keep it alive for a while but what do you think would be a good alternative to fossil fuel exports for building our economy? Also, what can we do about all the people who will lose their jobs?

  6. Lets look at manufacturing new electric cars / converting
    our current ones [it’s already being done], alternative
    power & Aussie made solar / sea-craft & sky /. Why not
    put our money [if we have any] where invention is; brain
    power? Become self employed – design & build all our
    needs… clothing, shoes & apparel. These few things can
    be exported & there’s thousands of ways of living well.
    Recall, 1 & 2 generations back surely didn’t need the
    gadgetry we have today. Refigure busses, trains etc.
    The story is endless. Let the politicians & their mates
    shoot off to mars. People can be happy with a little
    effort. We may become human beings once again. We
    won’t have to buy it to try it. Simplify the economy. And
    then there’s ‘barter’ – almost as old as time. If the rest
    of the world joins in [yes, MDs, specialists etc] they will
    see no need for fossil fuel either.


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