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Adani to make $billions out of rail line, NOT coal mine – Pauline Hanson is right

Pauline Hanson says no to Adani train line, Pauline Hanson has scuppered the mine line being held by Indian multinational, The Age , Amy Remeiki , 2 June 17, 
Pauline Hanson has told the Turnbull government to build the billion-dollar Galilee Basin coal line itself, announcing she would oppose a “foreign multi-national” from owning the crucial infrastructure.

The rail corridor, which would run from the central Queensland coal basin to the Abbot Point port on the state’s coast, has been deemed a key feature of Indian mining company Adani moving forward with its project.

But the One Nation leader, who has maintained support for the mining project itself, said she had asked Resources Minister Matt Canavan to build the line “as a piece of national infrastructure”.

“This approved rail corridor will eventually connect to the national line, so it should be owned by the Australian people, not a foreign multi-national,” she said in a statement.

“This railway could make the Australian people hundreds of millions of dollars a year. Adani are here to build a coal mine, not a gold mine.

“This is a railroad that should belong to the people. We should build it, own it, control it and make sure no future government can give it away.”

The rail corridor is seen as a crucial piece of infrastructure in opening the Galilee Basin up to mining, with both GVK Hancock and Clive Palmer’s Waratah Coal having earmarked projects in the region……

June 2, 2017 - Posted by | politics, Queensland

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