Adani de­trac­tors gain mo­men­tum

Whitsunday Times - - YOUR SAY -

MANY of our il­lus­tri­ous Queens­land po­lit­i­cal lead­ers would have read­ers be­lieve sup­port for Adani’s mine is di­vided neatly be­tween those who want it north of Noosa and those who op­pose it in the south­east.

Peo­ple like Matt Cana­van, Mar­garet Strelow, Ge­orge Chris­tensen and An­drew Will­cox ap­pear ob­sessed with ped­dling the myth that the only peo­ple who don’t want the Carmichael project are part of the latte-sip­ping, in­ner-city boho crowd.

But, just as you can find a bet­ter cap­puc­cino on the streets of In­n­is­fail, Ing­ham and Air­lie Beach than in most cafes in Bris­bane, so too can you find ma­jor­ity op­po­si­tion to ther­mal coal min­ing in the north.

This sen­ti­ment will only grow stronger fol­low­ing the re­cent un­prece­dented fires and record-smash­ing heat­wave that af­flicted north and cen­tral parts of Queens­land.

It was pos­i­tively ghoul­ish of Cana­van to wel­come Adani’s self-fi­nanc­ing an­nounce­ment last month with such glee at a time when 8000 res­i­dents from Grace­mere were seek­ing refuge from the fires in his home­town of Rock­hamp­ton.

His party will be judged on his com­ments at the up­com­ing Fed­eral poll but other polling shows the peo­ple of North and Cen­tral Queens­land have al­ready made up their minds about the Adani Carmichael mine.

Reach­tel polling in Oc­to­ber, re­ported in lo­cal me­dia, showed more than two-thirds of re­spon­dents in the Daw­son, Capri­cor­nia and Her­bert elec­torates sup­ported can­cel­la­tion of the min­ing gi­ant’s water li­cences by the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment to safe­guard water for Cen­tral Queens­land farm­ers.

We know Adani wants to drain up to 12.5 bil­lion litres each year from the Sut­tor River, de­priv­ing farm­ers and the en­vi­ron­ment of much needed water for its pol­lut­ing ther­mal coal mine.

With­out even tak­ing into ac­count the im­pact the mine’s emis­sions will have on the cli­mate, this is mad­ness.

And at a time when global warm­ing is in­creas­ing the sever­ity of droughts, heat­waves and bush­fires across the state, I sus­pect more and more of my fel­low re­gional Queens­lan­ders agree. — Steve Bul­loch,

West Mackay

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