Adani detractors gain momentum
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,