Smoke and mir­rors

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

THE “Adani Mega Mine Gets Green Light” story that ap­peared in last Wed­nes­day’s Whit­sun­day Coast Guardian and Whit­sun­day Times on­line, is typ­i­cal of most re­port­ing of the Adani is­sue - smoke and mir­rors and no sub­stance.

It is to­tally ir­rel­e­vant whether Adani gives the mine the green light. They don’t have an ILUA (Indige­nous Land Use Agree­ment) in place with the tra­di­tional own­ers and will never get one so I don’t un­der­stand what all the fuss is about.

The mine will not go ahead. They can­not get fund­ing, they have al­ready shown their con­tempt for the en­vi­ron­ment by re­leas­ing toxic waste into the Ca­ley Val­ley wet­lands far in ex­cess of the al­low­able amount and the ma­jor­ity of the pub­lic don’t want the mine.

All the puffery of cheap pub­lic re­la­tions stunts should not be lapped up by the ever-sub­servient me­dia who should con­cen­trate on re­port­ing the facts, not some rub­bish con­cocted by a grubby multi-na­tional com­pany ex­ist­ing on false claims and prom­ises and un­will­ing to fund their own ven­tures.

— Chris McCoomb


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