ADANI PROGRESS SLOWINGDOWN
ADANI coal saga in the Galilee Basin has taken a new dive with a months-old state royalties deal still unsigned for the $17 billion Galilee Basin coal mine project. Adani confusion intensified last week when rail hauliers Aurizon withdrew a funding application to link the proposed Galilee mines, citing a lack of contracts. NSW councils are next in line, with forecasts that some rural local authorities there will ban companies and suppliers linked to Adani. Opposition Leader Bill Shorten (pictured) joined the Palaszczuk Government in raising questions on Adani’s slow progress in advancing the Galilee Basin project. The A-Pal team welcomed wel an Adani royalties ag w gr agreement last year, but backtracked tra ac during the November election ele ec campaign.
This included a state veto on loans loa for an Adani railway.
The May 30 royalties agreement ha had included strict environmental protection for the Great Barrier Reef and Caley Valley Wetlands, but failed to deter concerted protests.
“Every cent of royalties will be paid and any deferred royalties will be paid with interest,’’ was the Premier’s verdict in May.
Townsville Mayor Jenny Hill and Rocky Mayor Margaret Strelow remain Adani-friendly.
“People don’t seem to understand that in north Queensland we have a jobs problem,’’ Cr Hill said.
Any amended royalties offer from Adani will require signing off by the state’s new Treasurer Jackie Trad, whose South Brisbane electorate remains “very strongly’’ opposed to the Adani mine.
The prospect of coal from Adani also has raised by-election flashpoints in the federal seat of Batman in Melbourne.
“Confusion about the royalties agreement is not our fault,’’ our state spy told Traps.