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The Adani Carmichael Coal Mine

The Liberal National Government supports the Adani mine and we support investment in the Galilee Basin. Adani’s ability to re-scope and finance its Carmichael mine and rail project demonstrates it is a viable, job-creating concern which stands on its own two feet financially and environmentally

Last financial year the resources sector contributed $62.9 billion to Queensland’s economy and was responsible for more than 54,000 fulltime jobs. There are five other potential mines in the Galilee Basin which could create more than 15,000 jobs according to the Queensland Government’s Coordinator-General. The people of North Queensland deserve the jobs from these mining projects, which will create opportunities in towns across Central and North Queensland.

Since the Queensland Labor Government was re-elected, statewide unemployment has jumped from 5.9 to 6.3 percent. In Central Queensland, unemployment sits above the state average at 6.8 per cent, while Townsville is worse still at 8.9 per cent.

There is a wealth of evidence suggesting that developing the Galilee basin will not damage the environment because the coal extracted will displace lower quality coal and therefore help lower global carbon emissions. As the Queensland Supreme Court said in dismissing a case brought against the development; “If the mine proceeded it would not increase the amount of global greenhouse gases or any environmental impact resulting from those gases.”

Australia’s cleaner coal is bringing people out of poverty and reducing global emissions. It’s a good thing for our high quality coal to be used – its higher energy content, lower ash content and lower emissions make it a key part of the solution to global emission levels. If Australia were to stop exporting coal to countries in the Asia Pacific, those countries will simply buy lower quality coal from somewhere else and their emissions will go up.

The Adani project is also overwhelmingly supported by the Wangan and Jagalingou people Traditional Owners. On 16 April 2016 in Maryborough, the majority of the Wangan and Jagalingou people voted 294 to 1 to authorise an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Adani. The Wangan and Jagalingou people agreed to support the Carmichael project because of the potential long term economic and other benefits it can bring to their people.