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Adani rail work shut down for second time in a week

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Photo: Frontline Action on Coal

By SAT Newsdesk in Melbourne

Belyando, QLD, 30th October: Work was shut down for the second time in less than a week at the construction site of Adani’s new railway line near Belyando Crossing, Queensland. Darcy Poulton, 25, attached himself via a monopole to four construction machines determined to stop work which is a part of the controversial Adani coal mine project.

The site is an area that crosses the Gregory Highway, approximately 35km / 25 minutes south of the Belyando Crossing Road House.

“I’m here for my friends and family and everyone who is angry and frustrated that the Adani coal mine is being pushed by our Government. We are in a climate crisis, and the corrupt Adani company threatens the life we love. The line has been crossed and I’m standing up.” said Darcy.

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Photo: Frontline Action on Coal

The mine would be Australia’s largest coal mine, and one of the largest in the world. Mayor concern has been raised across Australia regarding the emissions from this mega coal mine and the acceleration of dangerous climate change, which is already expected to lead to unprecedented economic, social, environmental and health impacts.

Queenslanders rely on the reef for over 69,000 jobs. The rising of ocean temperatures has already caused major bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef, and scientists predict that climate change could see the loss of reefs within the next two decades.

The announcement of the Queensland election is a stark reminder that one of the major issues that saw Labor elected in 2015 was the promise to protect the reef and that the Palaszczuk government has betrayed those constituents by being one of Adani’s strongest proponents.

Darcy Poulton says “Those like Palaszczuk, Matt Canavan, and Turnbull that are kicking for Adani are only kicking the rest of us down. I know when I stand up, I am speaking with the same voice as my family, my friends and Australians all over that are saying,’Adani, no means no’.

This industry is stuck in the past, we need to start preparing for a future with the facts of the present. We are a growing movement which is trying to create a safer future, and this means no new coal mines.”

- With inputs from the Frontline Action on Coal.

Adani uses Getty stock images to show ‘angry locals’ in ad campaign

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Photo: Mackey Conservation Group

By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 28 October: In a move to gear up public opinion in its favor with ads headlined “No More Delays! We Want Work.” in Queensland The Adani Group is facing flak from a prominent environment group for his controversial Coal mining project for using Getty stock images in this advertising campaign.

Coordinator of the Mackay Conservation Group, Peter McCallum, says the Getty stock images The Adani Group used today (27 October 2016) in their Queensland advertising campaign, to represent angry locals, is “true to form and just another chapter in Adani’s sustained campaign of misinformation in a desperate attempt to build support for its controversial mining project”.

The ad campaign (see photo), running in state and regional papers, employs a stock Getty image of a “Large group of serious business people looking at the camera (see photo)”.

“Adani couldn’t even find real people to go into their ad campaign. Adani’s stock and trade is misinformation and this ad campaign is no exception,” said Mr. McCallum.

“The foreign owned miner continues to claim its project would create 10,000 jobs, when evidence provided in court, under oath, by Adani’s economic witness revealed it would only generate 1,464 additional jobs.

“Even with the port and rail line factored in, the project will only create a maximum of 25 per cent of the jobs Adani claims,

“Frustrating court action is another of Adani’s catch cries, yet our case resulted in the Environment Minister conceding that he made an error in his approval of the mine and the court then set it aside.

“Scrutiny by the courts has unveiled Adani’s habit of making misleading claims and doing poor environmental assessments, and has at the most delayed the project by one to two years.

“Adani is again manipulating communities this week to obtain discounts and subsidies from local governments, by playing regional cities off against each other to host the company headquarters.

“This foreign owned company, headquartered in Gujurat, doesn’t care about locals, our environment or the Great Barrier Reef, it cares about its profits. This is symbolized by the fact it couldn’t even find real people for this latest ad campaign.

“If we were to run newspaper ads we’d have no trouble finding Mackay residents, Indigenous representatives, farmers, reef scientists and tourism operators to have their photos taken.

“Adani can splash all the money around it likes, but at the end of the day the mine must stand on its own two feet, not be rushed through by governments bullied into action and acting against the best interests of Queensland locals and our precious environment,” Mr. McCallum said.

No public funding for Adani’s Carmichael Coal mine: Turnbull

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Mr.Gautam Adani at the reception for PM Modi in Melbourne. Photo: SAT/NN (copyright SAT)

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 4 May : Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has in an off-the-cuff remark said he will not waste taxpayer money on the Adani-owned Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. The PM was answering to a question from Australian Youth Climate Coalition’s Nemo in Brisbane. The proposed mine covers 28,000 hectares and has been under flak from environmental groups. Mr. Adani is a prominent Indian businessman and is considered close to PM Modi and accompanied him during his Australia visit.
In a media statement while welcoming Mr. Malcolm Turnbull’s commitment Greenpeace Pacific reef campaigner Shani Tager said: “While this off-the-cuff comment is welcome, the prime minister still needs to announce a credible environmental policy to protect the reef from the dangers of coal for future generations.”

“The Carmichael mine would mean more dredging in the Great Barrier Reef, more ships through its waters and more carbon emissions at a time when the reef is suffering from its worst ever bleaching.

The prime minister joins 14 international and Australian banks that have ruled out funding the project. Queensland’s treasury department has described the project as ‘unbankable’ and no other investors are prepared to get behind a project that needs $16.5bn.”

- SAT News Service

‘Reject Adani’s Coal mine’ demand after Zambia cover-up

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AUSTRALIA’S ENVIRONMENT MINISTER GREG HUNT MUST REJECT ADANI’S COAL MINE AFTER POLLUTION DISASTER COVER-UP IN ZAMBIA

Melbourne 10 December, 2015 : GetUp! has today said Environment Minister Greg Hunt must immediately reject Adani’s disastrous coal mine and port expansion at Abbot Point, after revelations of failure by its executive to disclose previous environmental disasters, including a massive one in Zambia.

Campaigns Director Sam Regester said just yesterday Adani had been calling for the government to put them above the law to fast-track their mega-mine.

“Adani’s CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj was specifically asked to disclose this information. It is an offence to withhold it.

“This is not a small breach. This was a pollution disaster that rocked Zambia.

“The government needs to demand more. Not only have they failed to obtain the most basic of information, we’ve seen members of the government acting as Adani’s cheerleaders.

“The government has been parroting the lines of the company, including their inflated job figures and the dangerous suggestion that this expensive, polluting coal will somehow assist people in India.

“Well, there’s hundreds of thousands of people in Zambia whose river was poisoned and whose crops were devastated who could probably do with some assistance.

“We’ve heard members of the LNP say they are satisfied that our environmental laws would ensure similar disasters wouldn’t happen here. But we’re not even checking people’s record to see what they’ve done in the past. We’re cheering these dangerous and reckless companies on instead.

“Australians can now see clearly the risks this company presents if we allow them to mine and burn coal, dredge the Reef’s waters and allow hundreds more coal ships through the Reef.

“We just can’t trust Adani when they withhold the truth about the massive environmental disasters their executives have overseen,” said Mr Regester.

GetUp! members have made over 20,000 submissions to EIS processes for the Carmichael mine, and over 15,000 have chipped in to fund legal action against Adani, says a media release.
– 10 December.

Adani mine approval challenged in court

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By SAT News Desk

Melbourne, 9 November 2015: The Adani owned Chermichael Coal megamine approval by the Queensland government has been challenged by the Australian Conservation Foundation. The earlier approval which was struck done by a court was later reapproved last month by the Queensland Environment Minister Greg Hunt. The challenge is a judicial review of the Minister’s approval.

The Carmichael coal mine would be an absolute disaster for the Great Barrier Reef, our climate and the local environment if it proceeds,” said Shani Tager, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Reef Campaigner in a media release.

“They want a 28,000-hectare coal mine which will be responsible for 120 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year and require millions of tonnes of seafloor in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area to be dredged.

“If Minister Hunt and the Turnbull Government were serious about protecting the environment, they would have rejected this mine the first and the second time it came across their desks.

“It’s clear that they cannot be relied on to make decisions in the best interests of the community and the environment, so this legal challenge by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACL) is crucial,” said Ms. Tager.

Meanwhile, the Mackay Conservation Group has welcomed the ACF legal action against the mine approval, in a media release.

Mackay Conservation Group acting coordinator, Peter McCallum, said “we welcome the intervention of Australia’s pre-eminent environmental organization in this legal process.”

Queensland treasury officials have called the mine “unbankable” and 14 international banks have said they won’t fund the project, which still needs $16billion to proceed.

- SAT News Service.