Giv­ing away our Wealth

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

PRE­MIER An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk is fond of re­fer­ring to “my gov­ern­ment”.

It is ac­tu­ally “our” gov­ern­ment, as this is what is meant by democ­racy, that the gov­ern­ment is voted in or out by the peo­ple.

The “my gov­ern­ment” made a se­cret deal on coal roy­al­ties with Adani to the tune of $350 mil­lion, which was a sur­prise to the rest of the cab­i­net and the par­lia­ment, and flouted the 2015 ad­vice of the Queens­land Trea­sury Depart­ment which de­clared the Adani project “fi­nan­cially un­vi­able”.

Clearly other banks and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions agree, as Adani is un­able to get fi­nance, ex­cept, of course, from the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment in the form of a $1 bil­lion loan.

Anas­ta­sia Palaszczuk’s gov­ern­ment is in col­lu­sion with the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to grant this loan in spite of her 2015 elec­tion prom­ise that the mine had to stand up fi­nan­cially, and her crit­i­cism of the New­man gov­ern­ment for throw­ing bucket loads of money at the project.

In sup­port­ing this un­vi­able project, it is pos­si­ble that Pre­mier Palaszczuk is look­ing for a “sil­ver shovel” me­dia mo­ment in dig­ging the first clod.

She should or­der 10,000 of th­ese shov­els as this is the only way Adani can pos­si­bly pro­vide the jobs in this highly au­to­mated min­ing pro­posal.

Adani is say­ing no to jobs, no to pay­ing roy­al­ties for our coal, and no to the sur­vival of the Great Bar­rier Reef.

Gu­atam Adani is, how­ever, say­ing yes to our $1 bil­lion.

The “my gov­ern­ment” of Anas­ta­sia Palaszczuk should act in our best in­ter­ests, they should veto the $1 bil­lion loan, and re­con­sider the roy­al­ties deal.

We will all look pretty silly if tax­pay­ers have in­vested so much in the Adani project and all they can man­age is a small, gov­ern­ment funded mine to power a big ego.

- Chris­tine Carlisle

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