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Premier Palaszczuk: End special treatment for Adani and protect the Reef and 69,000 tourism jobs

Tue 6 December 2016

Less than a week after reassuring the UN’s World Heritage Committee that it was doing all it could to protect the Great Barrier Reef, the Queensland Government will side with the interests of controversial mining company Adani over the future of our Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Australian Marine Conservation Society, Community Campaigner, Cherry Muddle is leading a delegation of Whitsunday tourism professionals and other concerned community members who will travel to Townsville today to say ‘no’ to the project’s devastating impacts on the Reef and the 69,000 jobs in the tourism industry that it supports.

They will join a gathering of concerned residents outside the meeting of Gautum Adani, founder of the Adani group, and Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk.

“A healthy Queensland economy relies on a healthy Great Barrier Reef,” she said.

“The special treatment for Australia’s largest coal mine from both the Queensland and Australian governments risks irreversibly damaging the Great Barrier Reef and the local, long-term jobs it sustains.
 
“The Palaszczuk Government knows Queenslanders don’t approve of  special treatment for big mining companies and they’re concerned that mining companies have too much influence over governments. 

“The government was elected on the basis it would protect the Reef but now it is adding to the Reef’s woes by hastening one of the world’s largest coal mines which will fuel more coral bleaching and threaten the thousands of jobs that depend on a healthy Reef.

“The Carmichael coal mine will have a domino effect of bad impacts on the Reef, from driving the need for port expansion and more dredging and dumping to increasing the risk of shipping accidents on the Reef.

“The burning of coal at its final destination will also fuel global warming, accelerating the warming of the Reef’s waters and making them more acidic, both of which are highly damaging to corals.

 “Queensland is at a crossroads. It can’t have both the Carmichael coal mine and a healthy Reef.

“Our political leaders should listen to the 67% of Australians who think Adani’s Carmichael coal mine is a threat to the Reef and should not go ahead, rather than the vested interests of the mining industry,” she said.

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