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Australian cricketing great Ian Chappell wants Adani solar, but NOT Adani coal mine

“We reiterated that we welcome Adani’s investment in solar in Australia but are steadfast in our opposition to their coalmine.”

Ian Chappell stands by Adani mine letter despite being called ‘elitist’ by Coalition MP
Adani ‘categorically’ rejects letter signed by 91 prominent Australians as protesters confront Queensland premier during tour of Adani’s Indian HQ,
Guardian, , 17 Mar 17Cricket great Ian Chappell has stood by his opposition to the Adani mine proposal as part of a group of prominent Australians branded “elitist wankers” by a federal government MP and “a very small group of misled people” by the Indian miner.

Chappell said it was “worthwhile” if joining his brother Greg in an open letter calling on the Indian miner to abandon its coal plan thrust the issue into the public spotlight in its cricket-loving homeland.

He said that, as when previously speaking out about Australia’s hardline refugee policies, “you realise as a former Australian captain that there are times when you have a louder voice than a lot of other people [and] there are times to use that louder voice”.

“If it has helped in that regard, to get some publicity in India and give people in India another view on it – and not the view that everyone in Australia is falling head over heels in love with this project – and if it’s got that message across, it makes that worthwhile,” Chappell told Guardian Australia.

His stance comes as the Queensland premier, Annastacia Paluszczuk, was forced to defend her support for the mine during a tour of Adani’s home port in India, where she was confronted by protesters.

 Environmentalist Geoffrey Cousins and Whitsundays tourism operator Lindsay Simpson, who co-signed the letter with Chappell and other prominent Australians, challenged Paluszczuk’s claims that the mine would create jobs for Queenslanders.

The Chappell brothers’ involvement ensured the letter was reported in Indian media, including the English–language Hindustan Times and the Times of India.

Chappell, who has written for Indian newspapers for 30 years and was asked by one to write a column about the Adani issue to be published on Saturday, said it was a view the Indian public “definitely wouldn’t have got” otherwise……

“I mean, you don’t need to be Einstein when you see the frequency and the ferocity of some of the weather events that we’ve been having, what’s what’s happened to the Great Barrier Reef, and when I’m hearing what I’m hearing from Barbara-Ann and then you put that together, you’ve got to come to the conclusion that things have to change.”……

“We reiterated that we welcome Adani’s investment in solar in Australia but are steadfast in our opposition to their coalmine.”


March 19, 2017 - Posted by | General News

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