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Court quashes Adani Carmiachel mine opposition

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World Coal,

Queensland Resources Council (QRC), Chief Executive, Ian Macfarlane made the following statement:

The Federal Court has dismissed two challenges to the Adani Carmichael mine.

In its decision, the court ruled against the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and Adrian Burragubba a member of the Wangan and Jagalingou people.

It is disappointing that green activists are holding back massive job creating resources projects at a time when regional Queensland is crying out for employment.

Again, the QRC calls on both the state and federal governments to fix the mechanisms that enable green activists to ‘disrupt and delay’ resources projects.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must stand behind his promise to overhaul the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act and the Palaszczuk Government must continue with its reforms.

For every year, the Adani Carmichael coal mine project is delayed, Queensland misses out on US$185 million in royalties, which would pay for 2900 extra nurses or 3350 extra police officers or 3400 extra teachers. Exporting resources helps to fund essential services and they are a significant driver of growth, in 2015/16 the industry contributed US$55.7 billion to the state’s economy.

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