New protest against Adani’s Aussie mine
SYDNEY: A new environmental campaign to stop the development of Adani Group’s US$16.5 billion (RM73.1 billion) Carmichael coal mine in Queensland was to be launched yesterday with the highprofile backing of former Australian Greens party leader Bob Brown.
“Adani and the federal government have no idea of the scale of opposition and voter backlash they’re facing — it is time for them to withdraw approvals for the mine and stop coal for good,” said Brown.
Three-quarters of Australians opposed a plan for Adani to tap a US$900 million government subsidy to help fund infrastructure connected to the mine, according to a ReachTEL poll released by the new Stop Adani Alliance.
Australia’s largest coal project — which could fuel power generation for 100 million Indians and create 10,000 jobs in Queensland — has ignited protests from green groups concerned the development will endanger the health of the Great Barrier Reef marine park in northern Queensland.
Opposition to the mine, which could begin production in 2020, has delayed the first phase of the project and prompted the company to cut underground capacity by 38 per cent.
The protest was a “futile” gesture and the Carmichael coal mine project was going to proceed, said Minerals Council of Australia chief executive Brendan Pearson. Bloomberg