Opinion

Adani coal mine push is height of stupidity

Mines Minister Anthony Lynham, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Adani's Jeyakumar Janakaraj. Photo Chris Lees / Daily Mercury
Mines Minister Anthony Lynham, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and Adani's Jeyakumar Janakaraj. Photo Chris Lees / Daily Mercury Chris Lees

EVERY time anyone criticises the Adani mine in North Queensland our Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk screams it will generate 10,000 jobs.

This figure was dreamt up by Adani himself and is highly unlikely to be achieved.

The fact no bank will loan Adani any money, the company has been accused of money laundering, fraud, environmental degradation and is likely to put our Great Barrier Reef at risk with hundreds of dirty coal carrying ships passing close to the reef and destroying the coral are overlooked by the Premier.

Under normal circumstances one would not do business with Adani but not only that, our Federal Government is prepared to loan them over one billion dollars to build a rail line to the coal terminal and allow them to draw unlimited ground water for 60 years.

This is the height of stupidity.

The coal will be used in Indian coal-fired power stations where it will contribute to the pollution that is likely to kill a million Indians every year.

This woman needs to go to India and talk to the people that are impacted by coal pollution, not the lavish banquets and five-star hotels prepared by Adani to impress her.

She should hang her head in shame, apologise to Queenslanders for misleading them and pay attention to the demonstrators against the Adani project.

KEITH WHITESIDE

Sippy Downs

Topics:  adani coal mine annastacia palaszczuk great barrier reef india pollution


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