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Stories about "Carmichael coal mine":

Adani launches legal proceedings as traditional owners evict Adani

As Adani launches legal action against activist Ben Pennings for his organisation of anti-Adani campaigning traditional owners of the mine's access to the site are restricting access to the mine site.

Thanks to Westpac for ditching Adani

Andrew Bennett, Murwillumbah.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank Westpac Bank for changing their sustainability policy which now rules out funding any...

Adani corruption investigation is the last straw

Diana Jo Faith, Newtown. We learn this week that the Indian company, Adani, which is extracting coal at the great Barrier Reef is to be charged by the Indian Government with crime and corruption. Adani has been accused of also utilising offshore havens

Adani and the zombie jobs that just won’t die

Australia is a nation on the move: 10,000 people are trudging towards the zombie jobs promised them in Queensland by Indian company Adani at its proposed Carmichael mine.

Government set to give a handout to Adani

David Dynes, Federal. Well, what do you know? Adan’is Carmichael mine may be funded by taxpayers’ millions, as I understand the banks are pulling out.

Thus spake Mungo: The holes in Abbott’s holy cause

Once again our creative prime minister has devised a bold and imaginative solution. Now it just remains to discover a credible problem to go with it. Tony Abbott’s latest wedge, to shut down the protection of the environment from its friends.

Coal industry assets are the penny dreadfuls of new economy

It seems that one dollar, a greenback, or even just one euro can go an awfully long way in the coal industry these days, writes Giles Parkinson.

Traditional owners reject Adani’s Carmichael mine

The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people announced on Thursday they have rejected an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Indian giant Adani to build...

Queensland passes voluntary assisted dying laws

Dying with Dignity NSW has welcomed the passage of Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) laws in Queensland and is hoping that NSW Parliament resumes next month so that this issue can be addressed in NSW without further delay.

Planning staff back Wilsons Creek DA, residents’ concerns downplayed

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Local mum features in documentary about the impacts and possible solutions around suicide

Murwillumbah mum Ursula has lived every parents worst nightmare – her child, at the age of just 17, took his own life – and a lot of time and energy, questions and conjecture and finger-pointing can rumble around this, but at the end of the day Ursula’s precious boy is gone and he’s not coming back.