In October 2015 The Resources Minister Minister for the Environment and Energy The Hon Josh Frydenberg MP told ABC Insiders there is a 'moral imperative' to push ahead with the Adani coal mine.
What possible compulsion could exist to evoke a moral imperative to allow a foreign company in to operate a gigantic coal mine at a time when there is a global shift away from coal? ... hmmmmm ... let me think :-)
The Australian Conservation Foundation legal appeal has led to
Queensland Liberal National party Senator Matt Canavan again calling for the government to crack down on
Canavan said Queensland families were being “held to ransom” by the ACF, which he accused of blocking growth and thousands of jobs in the state’s regional economy.
Queensland Liberal National party Senator Matt Canavan said he supported legislative changes to reduce the ability of environmental groups “to employ ‘guerrilla lawfare’ tactics to derail vital job creation projects”.
Queensland Liberal National party Senator Matt Canavan was appointed in February this year as the Minister for Northern Australia by the Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull.
See arse kissing really works !
Extinct status as black-throated finch no longer takes flight
The southern species of the black-throated finch has been declared extinct, as there have only been three sightings of it since 1990.
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This appalling situation has eventuated despite these birds being the subject of the
National recovery plan for the Black-throated finch southern subspecies back in 2007 !
Stakes raised for black-throated finch's largest remaining habitat on Adani mine site
The demise of the black-throated finch in New South Wales has added urgency to the need to protect the bird’s largest remaining habitat on the site of Adani’s proposed Queensland mine, conservationists have said.
The finch – whose fate forms a key plank of the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)’s federal court challenge to commonwealth environmental approval of the Carmichael mine – was declared extinct by the NSW government last Friday.
Dr April Reside, a member of the black-throated finch’s threatened species recovery team which provided advice to ( now ex ) environment minister Greg Hunt, said its extinction in NSW showed why its habitat in north Queensland’s Galilee basin was pivotal to its survival.
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Premier and Minister for the Arts the Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk and Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines the Honourable Anthony Lynham issued a joint statement on Sunday, April 03, 2016.
Thousands of new jobs in regional Queensland have come a major step closer with approval of the mining leases for the $21.7 billion Carmichael coal mine and rail project in the State’s Galilee Basin.
Premier Annastascia Palaszczuk said Minister for State Development and Minister for Natural Resources and Mines Dr Anthony Lynham had today approved the grant of three individual mining leases about 160km north-west of Clermont.
“This is a major step forward for this project after extensive government and community scrutiny,” the Premier said.
“Some approvals are still required before construction can start, and ultimately committing to the project will be a decision for Adani.
“However, I know the people of north and central Queensland will welcome this latest progress for the potential jobs and economic development it brings closer for their communities.
“At the same time, stringent conditions will continue to protect the environment, landholders’ and traditional owners’ interests, and our iconic Great Barrier Reef.” The leases --- 70441 Carmichael, 70505 Carmichael East and 70506 Carmichael North --- are estimated to contain 11 billion tonnes of thermal coal. They provide for mining and the development of infrastructure such as haul roads, buildings, workshops, power lines, workers’ camp and pipelines. Adani has estimated the mine, rail and port project will generate more than 5000 jobs at the peak of construction and more than 4500 jobs at the peak of operations.
Dr Lynham said the process to date included public objections in 2014, Land Court hearings in 2015, and a Land Court recommendation in December 2015 that the mining leases be granted.
“Many voices have been heard, and a lot of evidence considered,” he said. “The mine’s environmental authority had about 140 conditions to protect local flora and fauna, groundwater and surface water resources, as well as controls on dust and noise.
“A further 99 stringent and wide-ranging conditions apply to the rail and port elements of the project. “My decision to approve these leases is tangible evidence of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to the sustainable development of the Galilee Basin for the thousands of jobs and economic development it will create.” The Premier said the government had achieved progress while keeping all of its election commitments on the project.
“We have protected the Caley Valley wetlands and the Great Barrier Reef by not allowing dredge spoil to be dumped on the wetlands or in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area," she said. Dr Lynham said there would be no dredging at Abbot Point until Adani demonstrates financial closure and Queensland taxpayers will not fund infrastructure for the project.
Member for Mackay Julieanne Gilbert and Member for Mirani Jim Pearce welcomed the positive progress on the project for their regions, hit hard by the commodity price downturn.
“Today’s news will be a real boost in communities like Moranbah, where jobs and confidence are very much tied to the resources’ sector’s fortunes,” Mr Pearce said.
Mrs Gilbert said the city of Mackay would welcome potential business for the city’s mining engineering and services sector, hand-in-hand with the assurance of strict environmental conditions to protect the reef.
Dr Lynham said overall, the coal, rail and port project now had 19 permits and approvals at local, state and federal level, including nine primary approvals from the State and Commonwealth Government.
“A number of other steps have to be completed before mine construction can start,” the Minister said.
“They include secondary approvals for rail, port facilities, power, water, roadworks and the airport and a financial assurance with the Dept. of Environment and Heritage Protection. “The independent Coordinator-General will continue to work with Adani to progress the project.”
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