Queensland Parliament supported the approval of Adani’s $21.7 billion Carmichael Coal project today.
State Development and Natural Resources and Mines Minister, Anthony Lynham, said that the House agreed a motion that all State Government approvals be provided to help create jobs in North and Central Queensland.
Government and Opposition speakers, including Dr Lynham and Treasurer Curtis Pitt, told the Parliament that the project potentially offered thousands of jobs and much-needed economic development.
“The Government strongly supports the sustainable development of the Galilee Basin for the jobs and economic development it could provide for regional Queensland,” Dr Lynham told the House.
“For that reason the Government and the independent Coordinator General have been working closely with Adani to facilitate their approvals in accordance with statutory obligations.”
Dr Lynham told Parliament that the projects’ mining leases could only be approved when compensation agreements were reached.
Dr Lynham added that the Palaszczuk Government will continue to hold to its commitments:
- to protect the nationally-significant Caley Valley Wetlands;
- to prohibit the sea-based disposal of capital dredge spoil within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area;
- that infrastructure will not be funded by Queensland taxpayers;
- that dredging for Adani’s coal terminal at Abbot Point not proceed until Adani demonstrates that it has the necessary finance in place for the full mine, rail and port project.