Adani at­tacks dis­tort truth, ig­nore ben­e­fit

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THERE are more than 30 ma­jor coal min­ing projects in the same pipe­line as Adani’s Carmichael coal mine. Can you name just one other? Chances are you can’t. Never be­fore has a pro­posed coal mine in this state faced such in­tense scru­tiny and op­po­si­tion from left- wing ac­tivists hell bent on stop­ping the project in its tracks.

Protests, le­gal ac­tion, pe­ti­tions, bill­boards – these deep- pock­eted green groups are leav­ing no stone un­turned in their quest to halt the project, happy to re­sort to threats, in­tim­i­da­tion and even bla­tant lies if it means they get their way and are suc­cess­ful in their cru­sade.

Tra­di­tional rules of en­gage­ment have been thrown out and it’s re­gressed to a grubby street brawl.

Protesters have taken to stand­ing out­side busi­ness meet­ings in the city wav­ing a ban­ner which reads: “If you sup­port Adani you will be tar­geted.”

Some of the ma­te­rial posted on so­cial me­dia web­sites is even more men­ac­ing, with cam­paign­ers claim­ing there is noth­ing they will not do to stop the Adani mine.

Busi­ness lead­ers and politi­cians sup­port­ive of the project have been sub­jected to dis­gust­ing per­sonal at­tacks around the na­tion and also in Townsville.

And pro­pa­ganda is be­ing fed to the masses, with out­ra­geous claims about the im­pact the mine will have on the en­vi­ron­ment – many of which are out­right lies.

The fact Adani has now em­barked on a $ 1.4 mil­lion ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign aimed at bust­ing the myths be­ing cir­cu­lated about its plans for the Carmichael mine is a sad re­flec­tion of the cur­rent state of play.

The “This is Adani” cam­paign started yes­ter­day, with the new brand­ing to fea­ture in tele­vi­sion, ra­dio, news­pa­per and web­site ad­ver­tis­ing.

Ev­ery­one is en­ti­tled to have and to ex­press their opin­ion but the dan­ger comes when scare­mon­ger­ing ac­tivists refuse to play by the rules – or stick to the truth.

When com­plete, the Carmichael coal mine will ac­count for 17 per cent of Queens­land’s to­tal an­nual coal out­put.

So where is the out­rage, op­po­si­tion and in­ter­na­tional ac­tivist cam­paign about the other 83 per cent? Why has Adani found it­self alone in the crosshairs of green groups?

This project will pro­vide thou­sands of jobs at a time when un­em­ploy­ment is sky­rock­et­ing in re­gional Queens­land and it will inject more than $ 40 bil­lion into the econ­omy.

Bring it on.

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