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Shock Jock Alan Jones comes out swinging against Adani coal megamine project

“I’m not so stupid as not to understand the money is being tipped into major political parties with a view to getting an end result they seek, including a billion dollars of taxpayers’ money to build a railway line. Why? When they get the railway line they believe further mine approvals will be given and make a fortune out of the coal traffic along the railway line. This is smelly no matter how it’s viewed.”

Alan Jones Cries Conspiracy Over Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine, “This is smelly no matter how it’s viewed.”  Huff Post 30/10/2017 Veteran radio broadcaster Alan Jones unleashed a scathing rant against Adani’s proposed $21 billion Carmichael mine on Monday night, criticising the connections the Indian group has in Australian politics through foreign donations.

 Appearing on the ABC’s ‘Q&A’, Jones attacked the multinational company, saying he doesn’t “understand how we would regard these people as proper people to have the kind of involvement in Australia that they now seek.”

“There’s something very smelly about this that the Federal Liberal Government, the Federal Labor Opposition, the Queensland Labor Government and the Queensland Liberal Opposition all have got their hands up saying they’re going to support this entity,” he said.

 “Here are these companies tipping in money to the major political parties… There has to be something on here. There’s got to be people knocking on people’s doors with money saying, ‘please vote for us. Please support all of this’. They’re throwing any amount of money at getting approval.

“I’m not so stupid as not to understand the money is being tipped into major political parties with a view to getting an end result they seek, including a billion dollars of taxpayers’ money to build a railway line. Why? When they get the railway line they believe further mine approvals will be given and make a fortune out of the coal traffic along the railway line. This is smelly no matter how it’s viewed.”

The Adani Group’s proposed Carmichael megamine will be Australia’s largest ever coal mine. The plans for the site are expected to include six open cut pits, numerous underground mines and coal to be transported 200 kilometres to a terminal at Abbott Point, adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef.

While a ‘Four Corners’ report earlier in October raised further doubt about the activities and legitimacy of the Adani family in India as an environmental management entity, in May the Climate Council also labelled the mine a potential disaster for the Great Barrier Reef, people’s health, and for the warming climate, while creating a net loss of jobs overall due to opportunities foregone in the renewables sector.

On Monday night, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd also took aim at the proposed mine with a focus on climate change, warning Australians to “be very sceptical indeed”………

The former Labor Party leader also then went on to join Jones in criticising the Northern Australian Infrastructure Facility’s (NAIF) $1 billion funding of a proposed 388km-long Adani rail line that would connect the Galilee Basin to the Abbott Point coal terminal.

“A billion dollars from this [NAIF] is wrong, wrong, wrong,” Rudd said.

“If this thing was to stack up environmentally or commercially — commercially it seems not to –, then there is no place whatsoever for the Federal Government to be throwing a billion dollars of public funds by way of a possible loan.

“And then at the same time saying that any government subsidy in the future for renewable energies is simply unsustainable. That’s rank hypocrisy on the core question for the future, which is climate.”…..http://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/10/30/alan-jones-cries-conspiracy-over-adanis-carmichael-coal-mine_a_23260455/

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November 1, 2017 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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