The re­al­ity is the Adani Carmichael mine will cre­ate enough jobs to be an eco­nomic gamechanger for this re­gion.

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

ONE of the most tire­some as­pects of the de­bate over Adani has been the con­tention over how many jobs it will ac­tu­ally gen­er­ate.

Ac­cord­ing to sup­port­ers of the project, the mine will gen­er­ate up to 10,000 jobs over its 50- year life cy­cle.

These in­clude jobs in the con­struc­tion of the mine in­fra­struc­ture, ex­pan­sion of the Ab­bott Point coal ter­mi­nal at Bowen, build­ing the 400km rail line to the pit, white- col­lar jobs at the Townsville cor­po­rate head­quar­ters and thou­sands of in­di­rect jobs that will flow from the di­rect ones.

Premier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk has quoted this fig­ure, as has Coali­tion sen­a­tor and North­ern Aus­tralia Min­is­ter Matt Cana­van. It is partly based on an analysis that con­sul­tant GHD has com­piled.

Ac­cord­ing to the anti- Adani jug­ger­naut, the project will cre­ate very few jobs. The num­ber this coali­tion re­peat­edly cites is 1464. Why that num­ber? Well, that is the es­ti­mate of Jerome Fahrer, who ar­rived at that fig­ure in a re­port he au­thored for ACIL Allen Con­sult­ing that Adani it­self com­mis­sioned.

Un­til now, no one has ques­tioned this es­ti­mate.

Now Jerome him­self has belled the cat by con­ced­ing that, while he still be­lieves in his num­ber, GHD’s mod­el­ling – and its far higher es­ti­mate – is also right.

Both cor­rect? Hmmm. That would be an in­con­ve­nient truth for the project- wreck­ing ac­tivists to di­gest.

Ir­re­spec­tive of what the real num­ber is, surely it is time to move on.

The re­al­ity is the Adani Carmichael mine will cre­ate enough jobs to be an eco­nomic gamechanger for this re­gion.

And no one, not even the green ex­trem­ists try­ing to stop it, is ar­gu­ing we don’t need many, many more jobs here.

Peo­ple here are sick and tired of be­ing lec­tured by Guardian- read­ing blowhards about the moral haz­ards of this project.

They are fed up with hav­ing to quell their ex­cite­ment for fear of tut- tuts from the righton crowd who are all to ready to leap on to the moral high horse.

If you are against the Adani Carmichael mine, fine. It’s a free world. But spare us the lec­tures and the threats. Just yes­ter­day those threats were is­sued again, with Adani protesters bran­dish­ing a ban­ner declar­ing: “If you sup­port Adani you will be tar­geted.”

That sort of di­vi­sive rhetoric serves no one, least of all peo­ple who op­pose the project.

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