LABOR’S GREEN ADANI REVOLT
ALP branches move to stop Carmichael coal support
QUEENSLAND Labor Party chiefs have rejected three anti- Adani motions put forward by branches attempting to derail the $ 16.5 billion project at tomorrow’s State Conference in Townsville.
Obtained by the Bulletin, the motions submitted by Labor branches in the southeast and the far north proposed that the State Government revoke its support for the Adani mine.
Multiple anti- Adani motions were put forward and rejected ahead of the conference, including one calling for all new mines to be banned and for coal from Adani’s proposed mine to be prevented from leaving Australia. The Moreton branch, based in the southeast, submitted a motion that the party declare Adani’s mine “should not be supported by the Queensland or Federal governments”.
The Barron River branch, part of Far North Queensland Labor, called for the ALP to “reconsider” its Adani support.
LABOR has rejected three antiAdani motions lodged by branches in an attempt to derail the $ 16.5 billion project at tomorrow’s State Conference in Townsville.
Obtained by the Bulletin, the motions submitted by Labor branches in the southeast and far north proposed that the State Government revoke its support for the Adani mine.
Multiple anti- Adani motions were among those put forward and rejected ahead of the conference, including one calling for all new mines to be banned and for coal from Adani’s proposed mine to be prevented from leaving Australia.
The Moreton branch submitted a motion that Adani’s mine “should not be supported by the Queensland or Federal governments”.
The Barron River branch penned a motion calling for Labor to reconsider its “commitments to and fast tracking” of Adani. Inquiries to branches on the motions were referred to party headquarters.
A Queensland Labor spokesman said the only Adani- related motion to be debated – moved by State Secretary Evan Moorhead – recognised the resources sector would continue to be a vital part of the state’s economy.
“Our commitment to 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030 and to zero net emissions by 2050 will see Queensland contribute to reducing carbon emissions,” the motion reads.
“Labor is the only party that can ensure a transition to a low carbon economy, while providing fair and secure jobs for Queenslanders.
“The Adani Carmichael mine project will bring much needed jobs to regional Queensland, as the Queensland Government invests in new industries, biofuels, renewable energy generation and defence manufacturing.”
Queensland Labor has 183 branches, each able to submit policy proposals to the annual conference.
The Agenda Committee is responsible for choosing which motions are then debated by the party.
A spokesman for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Adani had already announced – in Townsville on June 6 – that it would proceed with the Carmichael mine and rail project.
“The Palaszczuk Government has honoured its election commitments on the Carmichael Coal project, including the ban on dredged spoil being dumped in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park or Caley Valley wetlands and not providing Queensland taxpayer funds for the project,” he said. “More than 270 ( environmental) conditions have been imposed on the project.”
The spokesman said Adani would pay royalties in full as part of a “comprehensive plan” to develop natural resources responsibly.
Opposition Leader Tim Nicholls said the protest showed Labor was “bitterly divided” on Adani.
“It is now abundantly clear that Annastacia Palaszczuk will enter a coalition with the Greens to cling onto power,” he said.
“Not even ruling these motions out is enough, the credibility of Annastacia Palaszczuk and Bill Shorten in North Queensland is in tatters.
“Make no mistake about it – Labor want this multi- billion- dollar, job creating project to fail.”
Senator Ian Macdonald said Labor should unite in support of Adani in Townsville tomorrow.
“It’s time for the Labor Party at their conference to unequivocally commit to the jobs that Adani will bring without weasel words resulting in emphatic and unambiguous support,” he said.
“The work that will flow to Townsville because of the expertise our small business have in the mining area ( would mean) Townsville would be the right place to give this long overdue assurance.”
Townsville Enterpise chief executive officer Patricia O’Callaghan said the positivity needed to continue.
“It’s one of the largest investments into Australia in recent times and we welcome the fact that those options were rejected,” she said.