By Neeraj Nanda
MELBOURNE, 18 September 2020: Adani Australia, developing the Carmichael Coal Project in Queensland has claimed to employ more than 1,500 people and awarding more than $1.5 billion in contracts on the Carmichael mine and rail project. The claim comes amidst the company facing charges of abusing Aboriginal rights again by the Wagan Jagalingon Family Council (W &J). They have made a human rights complaint with the Qld Commissioner.
Adani Australia a statement emailed to South Asia Times (SAT) today quotes it’s CEO David Boshoff as saying, “We are proud to have made good on our promises to Queensland, and especially regional Queensland. We’ve created more than 1,500 jobs and signed more than $1.5 billion in contracts.
More than 88% of our contracts are being delivered in Queensland and have been spread across all corners of the state to give as many regions as possible the opportunity to benefit from our project, while also enabling us to tap into the highly-skilled construction and resources industry workforce that Queensland possesses.
The project’s contractors and suppliers are from almost every corner of the state.”
W&J cultural leader, Adrian Burragubba says, “We are harmed – spiritually, culturally and physically – by the desecration and destruction of our land for the Carmichael mine. We are peacefully camping in our homeland practicing our laws and culture. But Adani sends in its security force and calls in the police to intervene”.
A confident CEO David Boshoff says, “We are looking forward to the day next year when we can celebrate our success with our Queensland partners and employees while watching the first shipment of coal being exported. Until then, it remains full speed ahead on construction,” he said.