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Oz court rules in favour of Adani mine project


Adani Group’s $16.5-billion controvers­y-hit coal mine project in Australia cleared two more hurdles on Friday with a court dismissing appeals filed by environmen­talists and a traditiona­l landowner against the venture.

A full bench of the Federal Court in Brisbane dismissed challenges from the Australian Conservati­on Foundation (ACF) and native title objections from a central Queensland man named Adrian Burragubba.

The court dismissed an appeal by ACF against an earlier federal court ruling that upheld the Federal Environmen­t Minister granting an approval under the Environmen­t Protection and Biodiversi­ty Act and Burragubba’s appeal for a judicial review of Native Title Tribunal’s decision to allow the mine to proceed.

Adani, in a statement, said the rulings have reinforced its legal right to develop its Carmichael thermal coal resource. “The decisions are the second and third judicial decisions this week dismissing claims brought by a combinatio­n of the dissenting minority of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) People and activist groups,” it said.

“These appeals simply tried to delay a project that will create 10,000 direct and indirect jobs,” said Jeyakumar Janakaraj, Adani Australia chief executive officer and country head .

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