Adani says mine won’t be stopped by le­gal ac­tion

Central Telegraph - - CQ INDUSTRY -

RE­GIONAL Queens­lan­ders do not want Adani to be al­lowed “spe­cial deals” to use tax­payer money or re­sources.

A sur­vey con­ducted by UComms across the elec­torates of Her­bert, Daw­son and Capri­cor­nia showed the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple op­posed any use of state money to pro­vi­sion Adani deals and sub­si­dies.

Of the 1,941 res­i­dents polled via an au­to­mated tele­phone sur­vey sys­tem, 59.99 per cent of re­spon­ders op­posed the idea.

To best rep­re­sent the elec­torates sur­veyed, tele­phone num­bers were se­lected at ran­dom with re­sults weighted by gen­der and age to re­flect the pop­u­la­tion.

The poll did not spec­ify if vot­ers sup­ported the mine it­self, in­stead only polling opin­ions about state money or re­sources be­ing pro­vided to the in­ter­na­tional min­ing com­pany. Co-or­di­na­tor of Mackay Con­ser­va­tion Group Peter McCal­lum said he found it “dis­turb­ing” the pro­ject was push­ing ahead, con­sid­er­ing the com­pany was fac­ing court in Bowen for al­legedly pol­lut­ing the Great Bar­rier Reef.

This case was ad­journed again yes­ter­day by joint re­quest to the Bowen Mag­is­trate.

“Re­gional Queens­lan­ders still don't want to give tax­payer money to bil­lion­aire Adani,” Mr McCul­lum claimed.

Mr McCul­lum said he believes the gov­ern­ment has not ad­e­quately ruled out giv­ing Adani a “roy­al­ties hol­i­day” or a $100 mil­lion sub­sidy to­wards a road. “It is re­ally im­por­tant Adani stands on its own feet fi­nan­cially and that it obeys Aus­tralian en­vi­ron­men­tal laws.”

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