LA­BOR BRANCHES’ GREEN POL­ICY PUSH

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This con­fer­ence con­sid­ers that the pro­posed Adani coal mine in Queens­land’s Galilee Basin should not be sup­ported by the Queens­land or Fed­eral gov­ern­ments be­cause: 1. Ex­ploita­tion of coal de­posits … will con­trib­ute to global warm­ing. 2. Any new jobs cre­ated … will be far out­weighed by the jobs lost in the That this con­fer­ence calls upon the Palaszczuk La­bor Govern­ment as fol­lows:

That the Govern­ment be asked to re­con­sider its com­mit­ments to and fast- track­ing of the Adani Carmichael Project.

That no fi­nan­cial gov­ern­men­tal sup­port of any kind be handed to the This con­fer­ence does not sup­port the Queens­land Govern­ment de­ci­sion to de­clare Adani’s pro­posed Carmichael coal project as crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture.

The Govern­ment’s de­ci­sion over­turns due process and gives the Co­or­di­na­tor Gen­eral power to make de­ci­sions around the project. Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk is fight­ing an ide­o­log­i­cal war with her own party mem­bers over the mine, which prom­ises to her­ald a new era of pros­per­ity for re­gional Queens­land and, most im­por­tantly, Townsville. Queens­land tourism in­dus­try. 3. The Adani mined coal will be destined for a rapidly shrink­ing ex­ter­nal mar­ket in coal. 4. Tax­payer sup­port for un­in­vestable new coal projects … is not only a bad idea but di­verts pub­lic funds from other ur­gently needed in­fra­struc­ture projects. de­vel­op­ers of the Adani mine.

That the Govern­ment em­brace the eco­nomic re­al­ity of a global de­cline in the use of fos­sil fu­els in the postin­dus­trial 21st cen­tury and cre­ate sus­tain­able em­ploy­ment for the fu­ture and for re­gional Queens­land in the agri­cul­tural, tourism and re­new­able en­ergy in­dus­tries.

The re­cent co­ral bleach­ing was a con­se­quence of cli­mate change and was a warn­ing sig­nal that needs to be heeded.

The burn­ing of coal is the great­est con­trib­u­tor to cli­mate change.

The mine does not meet the Govern­ment’s def­i­ni­tion of crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture.

EDITORIAL, PAGE 18

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