What next for Adani's Queensland coal mine plan?

Christopher Davidson
April 12, 2019

Adani Australia CEO Lucas Dow tells Ray Hadley although he's happy the project is a step closer to being realised, he says Premier Palazczuk needs to step up.

While the Carmichael project would create jobs and has strong support in the region, the ruling conservative Liberal-National coalition and opposition Labor Party both fear losing votes in major cities where voters are anxious about climate change.

"Throughout the past 18 months, the Federal Department provided us with certainty of process and timing, including the steps involved in the independent review by CSIRO and Geoscience Australia experts", he added.

"Frustratingly, however, we're sitting here with the state government continuing to shift the goalposts and standing in the way of us being able to deliver thousands of jobs".

"The process has been so badly handled by the LNP in recent days, it's breathtaking".

Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said Senator McGrath's public intervention wasn't helpful.

GROUNDWATER EXPLAINED: The source aquifer of theDoongmabulla Springs (Clematis Sandstone) will not be directly affected by mining according to Adani's research.

CSIRO and Geoscience completed their initial assessment of the groundwater management plan on February 22, further questions were asked of Adani before the Department of Environment briefed Ms Price on Monday last week.

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The other is a plan to manage the impacts of the mine on an endangered bird, the Black-Throated Finch.

"This decision does not comprise the final approval for this project", she said.

Labor leader Bill Shorten said the environment minister was being bullied in what he described as a "failure of ethics in government at the highest level".

"Congratulations to Senator Matt Canavan and to Michelle Landry for their consistent hard work to support this project".

"Under the Palaszczuk Government, resources companies have committed to more than $20 billion worth of mining projects in Queensland".

Capricornia candidate Wade Rothery said the $2billion dollar rail investment would generate enormous earnings of up to $1billion dollars each year once Adani and other Galilee Basin mines were at full production.

"I would have much rather if he had not made that sort of communication but he has and we are where we are", he told a Senate hearing.

In the meantime, Adani plans to lobby central Queensland households with a letter drop campaign calling for the state government to back the mine.

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