Thou­sands march to protest Adani mine

Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

THOU­SANDS of peo­ple have protested In­dian min­ing gi­ant Adani’s plans to dig a new ther­mal coal mine in Queens­land and have called on state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments as well as the fed­eral Op­po­si­tion to stop it go­ing ahead.

Protesters marched in the streets in Mel­bourne, Syd­ney, Bris­bane and Cairns.

It fol­lows the an­nounce­ment last month by Adani it would self-fund the con­tro­ver­sial project af­ter scal­ing back its size and scope.

The coal project is be­ing down­sized from a 60-mil­lion­tonnes a year, $16.5 bil­lion mega-mine to a more man­age­able 10-to-15 mil­lion tonnes a year cost­ing around $2 bil­lion.

“No longer will we sit back and be lec­tured to by peo­ple who are out­dated and out of touch,” Thomas Cullen, 17, told protesters in Bris­bane. THE flu killed far fewer Aus­tralians in 2018 than it did last year, as the num­ber of cases of the in­fec­tion re­ported fell dra­mat­i­cally.

The de­cline be­tween the two years is a re­minder that vac­ci­na­tions work, ac­cord­ing to Health Min­is­ter Greg Hunt.

There were 73 deaths from in­fluenza in the lat­est sea­son, which peaked in early Septem­ber. That com­pared with 1137 deaths from the res­pi­ra­tory ill­ness in 2017, the worst sea­son in al­most a decade.

In to­tal, 52,000 cases of the flu were re­ported in 2018, com­pared with nearly 250,000 cases in the same pe­riod last year.

Mr Hunt said the 2017 sea­son spurred the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to pro­vide en­hanced vac­cines for the el­derly.

More than 3.4 mil­lion ex­tra doses were made avail­able, al­low­ing more than 85 per cent of peo­ple aged 65 and older to be pro­tected. Un­prece­dented de­mand for vac­cines early in 2018 also prompted the Gov­ern­ment to se­cure an ex­tra 1.3 mil­lion doses.

They were made avail­able through the Na­tional Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Pro­gram, state pro­grams and the pri­vate mar­ket.

Protest out­side Adani

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