Adani mine gets bipartisan government support
THE Carmichael coal mine has received a major boost in Queensland Parliament with a motion to immediately provide all necessary approvals passed last night.
LNP leader Lawrence Springborg moved the motion for the government to "immediately provide all state government approvals necessary for Adani's Carmichael Mine to proceed".
Mr Springborg said he understood the Adani-run project had cleared all environmental and mining hurdles but was still yet to be approved.
"It is my understanding that those things which would stand in the way of state governments giving the approvals for the matters that it is responsible for have largely, if not all, been completely cleared. Therefore, there is no logical reason as to why this should be delayed," he said.
Mackay Labor MP Julianne Gilbert said the mine going ahead was "critical to the future" of the Mackay area.
"It is no secret that my electorate has been hard hit by the current slump in commodity prices as have many of the regional centres in Queensland. As a service centre for the Bowen Basin, our region's economy has flourished on the back of the resources boom," she said.
LNP Hinchinbrook MP Andrew Cripps told the parliament the project had stalled under the current government as they did not truly support the mining sector.
"They do not really support the Carmichael mine project proposed by Adani and they have never really supported it. It is a fake, phantom support that they have always provided to the resources sector," he said.
Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham said he was continuing to work towards the mine's development.
"I can assure the people of Queensland, particularly those who want jobs and the economic development that this project can offer, that I will only make decisions armed with all the relevant facts and with careful and detailed consideration," he said. - ARM NEWSDESK