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Poor little dill Matt Canavan whinges about “bullying” opposition to Adano coal mine expansion

Loaning $900m for Adani’s central Queensland coal railway too risky, environmental lawyers say The World Today  By Katherine Gregory 12 Apr 17

“………’If we stop this project, it will be worse for the environment’

The Minister for Northern Australia and Queensland senator Matt Canavan said the letter sent to NAIF’s directors was a bullying tactic.

“These guys are bullies trying to stop jobs being created in north Queensland. Their stated aim is against coal and development. Against coal, and coal is the second largest exporter in Queensland,” Senator Canavan said.

He said the Queensland Supreme Court has already dismissed environmentalists’ arguments that the mine should not go ahead because of climate change.

“If we dont supply India with coal, other countries will,” Senator Canavan said.

“So from global climate change perspective to argue that this mine in and of itself will warm the planet and cause global warming disasters is wrong and misguided.

“There are other parts of the world India will get its coal from and it will. The Indian resources minister has said that to me specifically.

“If anything, if we stop this project, it will be worse for the environment, because the coal that is there in the Galilee Basin is higher quality, much higher quality than what exists in India.”

Senator Canavan said Adani’s rail line would open up opportunities for other mines and create more jobs for regional Queensland.

But shadow resources and northern Australia minister Jason Clare said federal Labor does not support using taxpayer money to fund the rail line.

“What are the rules that this Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility have to comply with when they decide when they’re going to tip taxpayer money into private projects?” Mr Clare said.

“And one of the rules here is that they can only provide funding if the project is unlikely to go ahead without it. And Adani has said this funding isn’t critical.

“So on that basis it doesn’t meet the requirements of the fund.”  say$900m-loan-too-risky/8439582


April 14, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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