Adani activists say they turned the election

ANTI-Adani groups have claimed victory in the Queensland election, telling supporters at a Brisbane protest it was their actions that turned voters against the LNP.

About 100 protesters bearing Stop Adani signs cheered and chanted outside Parliament House in Brisbane and promised to keep campaigning until the mine was stopped.

Left-wing advocacy group GetUp national director Paul Oosting dubbed the campaign the "Adani election". He said voters overwhelmingly opposed a proposed $1 billion loan to help build common-use rail lines to connect to the mine.

But the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland has rubbished the suggestion, stating businesses across regional towns strongly supported the mine going ahead.

Australian Youth Climate Council Coalition spokeswoman Millie Anthony said protesters had made the campaign about the mine before Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk even dissolved parliament.

"What's been done is pretty bloody impressive," she said.

"We made a commitment that we would stop this project no matter what. When the Queensland election was announced it seemed like another impossible thing to stop."

She said protests throughout the campaign had made the issue central to the campaign.

But Ms Anthony said the protesters would not stop until Ms Palaszczuk fulfils her commitment to veto the proposed loan.

Mr Oosting said the reason voters across the state turned from the LNP was due to the party's support for the proposed $1 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund.

He said voters across the state opposed the loan and voted in favour of Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk's vow to veto the loan.

"From the north to the south, from the city to the regions people have said they do not want public money going to the Adani mine. This has been a really clear message sent to the Palaszczuk government, to the LNP, to One Nation, that people do not support this project," he said.

"It was the LNP that went to this (election) saying they wanted to give $1 billion of public money to Adani and they suffered the biggest swings in both the city and the regions. So that's a very clear message to the one party who gave very clear support wanting to give public money, $1 billion, to the Adani corporation."

CCIQ advocacy boss Kate Whittle said an anti-Adani movement may have hurt the LNP in Brisbane that was not the case in the regions.

"I don't think we saw a protest vote from small business people in regional people because they did not want the mine to go ahead," she said.

"Small businesses need that supply chain that major projects bring." -NewsRegional

Topics:  adani carmichael coal mine annastacia palaszczuk cciq getup! kate whittle protesters qldelection2017 tim nicholls

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