CQ towns on hit-list

1000 anti-Adani vol­un­teers door­knock 60 Aus­tralian towns

The Morning Bulletin - - NEWS -

ROCKHAMPTON and Yeppoon were among 60 Aus­tralian towns tar­geted over the week­end in a 1000-strong, vol­un­teer door­knock cam­paign to stop the Adani coal mine from go­ing ahead.

Friends of the Earth Aus­tralia were work­ing to build com­mu­nity pres­sure on fed­eral politi­cians by door­knock­ing as far north as Mackay to Prime Min­is­ter Scott Mor­ri­son’s elec­torate in Cronulla in NSW and to Bill Shorten’s elec­torate in Maribyrnong. in Vic­to­ria

For­mer Lib­eral Leader and MP for Went­worth John Hew­son joined the Bondi door­knock in the lead up to the Went­worth by-elec­tion.

Dr Hew­son said cli­mate change was the num­ber one is­sue for the peo­ple of Went­worth but the Lib­er­als had no plan to tackle this is­sue.

“In fact they are tak­ing us back­wards by sup­port­ing coal mines like Adani’s,” he said.

Aus­tralian mu­si­cian Missy Hig­gins also took part.

“Like ev­ery par­ent I care about the fu­ture my chil­dren will face and cli­mate change is my num­ber one worry. We sim­ply can­not let this mine go ahead,” Hig­gins said.

“Burn­ing that amount of coal is stupid and dan­ger­ous, and I can­not be­lieve our gov­ern­ment are be­ing so short sighted.”

“The power of Aus­tralian peo­ple when they come to­gether on an is­sue is mas­sive so I think we have to step up and do ev­ery­thing we can to stop this mad­ness.”

An Adani Aus­tralia spokesper­son said: “Our door is al­ways open for peo­ple who are in­ter­ested in the Carmichael Project, the ben­e­fits it will bring to Queens­lan­ders, along with the mil­lions of peo­ple in Asia who are liv­ing with­out ac­cess to elec­tric­ity.

“It’s im­por­tant to keep the ac­tual size of the mine and the amount of coal it will pro­duce in per­spec­tive,” she said.

“Ac­cord­ing to (com­mod­ity re­search group) CRU, global ther­mal coal de­mand in 2017, was 6490 mil­lion tonnes per an­num. The Carmichael Mine will only pro­duce 27.5 mil­lion tonnes per an­num, which is a very small pro­por­tion of to­tal global de­mand.”

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