Claims Adani rail could be taxpayer-funded denied


THE State Government has denied reports it applied to a Federal Government loan facility to fund Adani's Galilee Basin rail line.

On July 19 the Guardian Australia published a story that indicated the State Government had applied to the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility for funding on Adani's behalf.

The story only made the claim in passing, as it stated newly appointed Minister for Northern Australia Matthew Canavan was responsible for the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, which would "decide whether to recommend the Queensland government's application for a federal loan for the Adani railway link".

The NAIF is a Federal Government-controlled concessional loans facility that opened on July 1 this year,

The Guardian's report sparked calls from Greens Senator Larissa Waters at the weekend for the State Government to disclose whether or not it had applied.

However, while there was speculation the NAIF would be used to fund the controversial rail line, the State Government said yesterday it was ineligible to apply on Adani's behalf.

Treasurer Curtis Pitt said only Adani, as a private company, could apply to the NAIF for concessional finance for its proposed rail project.

He also said only the Federal Government, not the State, could approve the application. "The Palaszczuk Government will not make the application on behalf of Adani and, as promised, the government will not contribute taxpayer money to Adani's project," Mr Pitt said.

Adani has also indicated it has not applied for the loan. However, Sen Waters sought further assurances from the government.

"The State Government needs to firmly rule out funding, or seeking Federal funding, for the Adani project or any associated infrastructure, despite having already conducted and paid for the environmental impact statement for the

Abbot Point coal port that Adani would use," she said yesterday.

Topics:  funds money rail spending taxpayer

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Ipswich man in court over 'childish' egging comments

Using cracked or dirty eggs can lead to salmonellosis food poisoning.

He was accused of egging a house on social media

OP1 graduate ecstatic with score

Clarissa Adamovics received an OP1 after graduating from Redbank Plains State High School in 2017.

Clarissa Adamovics happy to study nursing at UQ.

Regional residents join refugee fight

Hundreds of people from Tweed, Lismore, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast and Ipswich will travel to Brisbane for a refugee and asylum seeker forum hosted by the ASRC, Amnesty International, Oxfam Australia and Mums 4 Refugees.

'People are really troubled by the harsh way that we treat refugees'

Local Partners