No com­mu­nity ben­e­fits

Whitsunday Times - - WHITSUNDAY VIEWS -

FOR the past three years, there has been much me­dia about the com­mu­nity ben­e­fits of the Ab­bot Point/Carmichael mine pro­ject. Un­for­tu­nately, it has be­come very ap­par­ent that com­mu­ni­ties like Bowen have been led down the gar­den path by the govern­ment and Adani, the ma­jor pro­po­nents of the pro­ject.

Th­ese pro­po­nents con­tinue to claim up to “10,000 jobs” de­spite Adani ad­mit­ting in court that the real num­ber is closer to 1500. There will be few lo­cal jobs as the mine will be sup­ported by fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) work­ers and over­seas staff.

The pro­po­nents at one point claimed up to $20 bil­lion in taxes and roy­al­ties over the life of the mine. Again, this fig­ure has been ad­justed down to a pal­try $3.6 bil­lion.

As well, many large fos­sil fuel com­pa­nies, in­clud­ing Adani, pay lit­tle to no tax in Aus­tralia due to their clever ac­count­ing tech­niques.

To top it off, coal com­pa­nies re­ceive bil­lions of dol­lars a year in sub­si­dies paid with our tax dol­lars.

With coal in de­cline world­wide, de­vel­op­ing new coal mines is seen as a bad in­vest­ment.

Given the facts, it is clear that there will be lit­tle if any com­mu­nity ben­e­fits. Only Adani will ben­e­fit at our ex­pense.

One has to won­der why any politi­cian look­ing to do the best by Aus­tralia would sup­port such a dis­as­trous pro­ject. Tony Fontes Air­lie Beach

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