Adani and coal mining tsunami takes out the Qld Labor Party

by Viv Forbes, science writer

The proposed Adani mine has been wading through a green swamp of political obstacles for nine long years. Other coal optimists have struggled to develop coal in the Galilee Basin for over 40 years. Federal Labor, State Labor and the Greens have taken turns to man the anti-coal barricades.

In these bad new days, before anyone can open a mine they need multiple approvals, each one providing opportunities for do-nothing activists to raise new hurdles at every hearing. The whole process of judicial judgements and reviews, enquiries, objections, hearings and re-hearings has been a gold mine for lawyers and barristers and a bottomless pit into which mine optimists throw money.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk decided on Monday after the election she does like coal after all

Nine years ago, Labor Premier Anna Bligh declared Adani “a significant project for Queensland”.

The Queensland Co-ordinator General gave Adani approval to proceed in 2014.

The Federal Government also gave its approval to proceed in 2014 but that approval was set aside because of complaints by the Mackay Conservation Council, the Australian Conservation Foundation and others that the yakka skink, the ornamental snake, koalas, the waxy cabbage palm and the black throated finch would be disturbed.

And of course the Great Barrier Reef, the coastal seagrass and inland ground water would be threatened.

The ACF and the Greens have also cowed most Australian banks into denying finance to the Carmichael Project. Native title rights have been asserted by two groups, and Greenpeace and the Climate Council have run scare campaigns on Greenhouse gas emissions should Adani go ahead. Naturally the ABC gives all Adani opponents good air time.

Just 5 months ago the anti-Adani Deputy Premier of Queensland, Jacki Trad, said she did not believe the Adani project would ever get off the ground.

But immediately after the recent Federal election landslide which left the ALP holding zero federal seats north of Brisbane, and winning only one of the six Queensland senate vacancies, Queensland Premier Palaszczuk flew north to Mackay and demanded that her departments produce firm timeline for Adani decisions “by Friday” (today).

What a difference a day makes.

 

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About Managing Editor, cairnsnews

One of the few patriots left who understands the system and how it has been totally subverted under every citizen's nose. If we can help to turn it around we will, otherwise our children will have nothing. Our investigations show there is no 'government' of the people for the people of Australia. The removal of the Crown from Australian Parliaments, followed by the incorporation of Parliaments aided by the Australia Act 1987 has left us with corporate government with policies not laws, that apply only to members of political parties and the public service. There is no law, other than the Common Law. This fact will be borne out in the near future as numerous legal challenges in place now, come to a head soon.

Posted on May 25, 2019, in Agenda 2030, australian Labor Party, CO2, coal, mining industry and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I have nothing whatsoever against mining coal, gas, oil, minerals etc. for the benefit of the people of the World. But I abhor the pillage of the planet which enables super rich fat cats to claim vast resources and the “ownership” and control of the people who produce and consume such resources.

    If we have a coal mine it should be configured to benefit the people, producers and consumers, not the usurers.

    Often, the employees of such operations are just as much sycophantic lackeys of the supranational “big business” pillage escapades as are the cowardly pollies and their “public servant”/”secret ideology” masters.

  2. I’d love to be a fly on the wall when she meets Al Gore at yet another one of his Climate Warming holidays. She had better not give away any of our tax money to him, as it won’t go down well with the voters. He has gotten enough money out of this scam already, he can do without ours.

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