The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS | TRAPS -

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.

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