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Issue #1798      October 11, 2017

“Stop Adani”

National Day of Action across Australia

On Saturday October 7 a national day of action was organised to oppose the Adani Group from India establishing a coal mine in the Galilee basin in Queensland to mine and export the coal out of the Point Abbott port on the nearby coast.

Thousands of protesters rallied in a number of locations across Australia including Bondi Beach in Sydney and Princess Park in Melbourne, each of which drew over 2,000 people, Port Douglas, Brisbane and Gold Coast in Queensland, Adelaide, Hobart, New Zealand and Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia, the latter organised by Stop Adani Perth, which drew close to 300 people in cold, windy, overcast and rainy conditions.

As in other beach locations around Australia, protesters formed, “Stop Adani” signs while photos, chants and speeches were held.

A recent Four Corners program on the ABC shot home the point about alleged cases of bribery, corruption, environmentally destructive behaviour of Adani in India and intimidation of the ABC current affairs crew that went to India to report on the activities of Adani.

The proponents of the Carmichael coal mine project are the Queensland State Premier Anastacia Palaszczuk and the federal Liberal government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull – both of whom have been fêted by Gautam Adani, the Chairman of the Adani Group who claims that over 10,000 jobs will be created. This goes against independent estimates that a little over 1,000 jobs will be created – and this will be offset by job losses in tourism caused by ongoing environmental damage to the Great Barrier Reef caused by the biggest coal mine in the southern hemisphere.

Premier Palaszczuk and her Resources Minister Anthony Lynham were quick to suggest the mine would be subject to “strict monitoring” throughout the construction process. This ignores the points raised by opponents of the coal mine and echoed by the thousands of protestors who rallied around Australia, that the mine should be stopped because we need to put resources into renewable energy. The Abbott Point coal port is currently running at a loss and in these heightened times of extreme climate change, we don’t need to stoke the fires of the climate crisis that is upon all the world’s people.

The Communist Party of Australia supports the call by the Stop Adani Coal protests to halt the construction of the Adani Coal mine in the Carmichael Coal Field, and close the Abbott Point Port facility in favour of renewable energy which is more cost effective, energy efficient and climate friendly.

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