LA­BOR’S GREEN ADANI REVOLT

ALP branches move to stop Carmichael coal sup­port

Townsville Bulletin - - EXCLUSIVE - DOMANII CAMERON

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.

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