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Paul Dukes suspended from the stacker/reclaimer machine at Adani’s North Queensland Export Terminal. Photo supplied

Local Whitsundays resident Paul Jukes took action this morning against the continued development of the Adani Carmichael Coal Mine (renamed Bravus) by suspending himself from the stacker/reclaimer machine at Adani’s North Queensland Export Terminal (formerly Abbot Point) near Bowen.

Paul Dukes at Adani’s North Queensland Export Terminal. Photo supplied

‘local Whitsunday residents and dedicated people around the country have spent almost a decade opposing Adani’s destruction,’ said Mr Dukes.

‘We stopped the expansion of Abbot Point and the dumping of dredge spoil from here into the Caley Valley wetlands, we stopped Adani’s originally proposed railway, and we have downsized and delayed their mine. That the Carmichael mine has still got to a point where they are shipping out coal should be a cause of shame for Adani, for the Australian and Queensland governments and for financial backers like Blackrock. They have all put the profits of billionaires ahead of the health of our planet.’

This follows disruption yesterday when six people blocked the Adani copmany’s coal train. The six people who blocked the train line were arrested and the  train sat stationary for twelve hours.

‘It is people power that has slowed Adani down, and that’s what we are relying on now to stop further climate destruction,’ said Mr Dukes.

‘That’s why we will keep resisting Adani, and all other new fossil fuel projects. I’m doing this for my children and their children. If they are going to have a safe planet to thrive on, we need to take action now.’


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5 COMMENTS

    • Adani Carmichael Coalmine, it not just QueenAnnastacia that got Adani approval over the line with that ‘Environmental Approval’ BS. The source of the Doongmabulla Springs, a condition of Adani approval, has still not been proved by Adani…it only 2 years and counting since the Environmental Approval was given!!! But hey, who cares about ‘Water’ on the world’s driest inhabited continent, yeah. In the Senate, 14th June 2017, Federal ALP voted with Federal Coalition to amend Native Title Law Rights that dismissed all objections to Adani under Federal Law. Thanks very much A lternate L iberal P arty, it was only the Greens opposed the amendment. The Lib/Nat/Lab FF Cartel is alive and well in Australia. It is only through the the courage of protesters like the Paul that change actually eventuates.

  1. As I read in today’s (1/12/2021 ) AFR newspaper that the first official shipment of Adani Carmichael Coal is expected to leave port within weeks. No doubt ScoalMO / Morrison ( chanting , “This is coal. Don’t be afraid. Don’t be scared. It won’t hurt you. Its coal” ) and CoAlbo / Albanese will be on the wharf cheering and waving in front of assembled media as that first boat loaded with ‘clean Aussie coal’ sets sail for India.

  2. Thanks for your comments and support. Unfortunately the CEO of Blackrock didn’t call but I still hold hopes they will see the sense in cutting all ties with Adani and their various entities if not for the planet, or to maintain their obligations to the Equator Principles, then at least for their shareholders because Adani is toxic for any business to be in bed with. Come on Blackrock it makes perfect sense from every angle.

    I look forward to seeing you all up on the front lines when the border opens. Coodz Mac and his family are still holding their space at the ceremonial grounds at the Wangan and Jangalingu cultural ceremony, Waddananggu, at the mine site and Front line action on coal will continue their separate actions along the rail and port into the new year. See you there. Big love, Paul

  3. It’s a sick world we live in, people. How many more times do we have to face this rat-bag
    set-up supported by the Qld parliament. Labor looks more toxic every day. Sell Canberra
    instead & turn it into Cony Island.

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