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Queensland government must let Carmichael mine proceed without further delay, says Coal Council of Australia

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The Coal Council of Australia’s Chief Executive Greg Evans has issued the following statement:

“The Queensland government must draw a close to the stalling tactics and unequivocally back the development of the Adani Carmichael project in the Galilee Basin.

“Federal Labor also needs to stand squarely behind the project and recognise the contribution of coal to the national economy.

“The project has satisfied every legitimate environmental and technical requirement, and there is little doubt amongst mainstream Queenslanders it has been held up for political reasons and by the pressure applied by green activists.

“The case couldn’t be clearer. The project and further development in the basin will provide jobs and a much-needed boost to the regional economies of Central and North Queensland.

“Demand for thermal coal remains strong with analysts Commodity Insights forecasting an extra 400 million tpy of import demand from Asia by 2030.

“If Australia doesn’t help meet this increase, there is no doubt other foreign suppliers will step in, and we will forego a significant economic benefit. Also, inferior quality coal is likely to be utilised unnecessarily contributing to higher emissions.

“Thousands of job seekers between Gladstone and Townsville have shown interest in working on the opening of a new coal basin. The government must now let it proceed without further delay.”

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