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LNP support for Adani wavers

New LNP leader Deb Frecklington Pic Jamie Hanson
New LNP leader Deb Frecklington Pic Jamie Hanson

THE LNP is reconsidering its support for the Adani coal mine as it looks to address its poor performance at the state election.

New LNP Leader Deb Frecklington confirmed the LNP would "listen to Queensland" during a review of its policies.

It is understood the party's strong support for a federal loan for the miner's Galilee rail line may have cost votes.

"We've got to understand why over a third of Queensland voters actually parked their vote with anyone but the major parties," Ms Frecklington told Sky News.

She told the Brisbane Times: "Obviously, I've said everything's on the table, and I'm happy to say, yep, that's on the table.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) meets with India's Adani Group founder and chairman Gautam Adani in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 10, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull (right) meets with India's Adani Group founder and chairman Gautam Adani in New Delhi, India, Monday, April 10, 2017. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas)

"But what I am very concerned about is jobs in regional Queensland and I can tell you right now that around 10,000 jobs that would have been made through that project, the Galilee Basin itself, really does need to be opened up, and should be opened up, but only if the right environmental approvals are in place and only if everything correct is in place for the Galilee Basin to open up."

Further commenting on the issue of Adani, Ms Frecklington told the Bulletin: "Annastacia Palaszczuk needs to release the full details of all the taxpayer-funded assistance provided by Labor to the Adani Carmichael mine.

"Media reports estimate taxpayer-funded assistance from Labor is worth more than $300 million.

"It's time for Annastacia Palaszczuk to come clean.

"The LNP supports resources sector providing it complies with strict environmental conditions and properly manage the impacts on regional communities."

Adani declined to comment throughout the election but broke its silence this week after Ms Palaszczuk made good on her promise to veto the $1 billion Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility loan.

Front Line Action on Coal protesters at Adani's Townsville headquarters. November 20, 2017. Photo Andrew Backhouse
Front Line Action on Coal protesters at Adani's Townsville headquarters. November 20, 2017. Photo Andrew Backhouse

 

Ms Palaszczuk wrote to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hours after her new cabinet was sworn in, saying financial assistance should not be provided.

Adani responded to her move by saying it would not alter its plans.

"Adani Australia will now fully consider and adjust to the constraints the veto of funding brings," a spokesman said.

"Adani Australia is 100 per cent committed to Queensland, we have a strong regional Queensland presence. This will not change."

The decision to veto the loan has been criticised by the Coalition, which says it will put the multibillion-dollar project in jeopardy.

During the election Mr Nicholls accused the Premier of putting thousands of jobs at risk with the veto.

He also said if elected, he would allow the loan to Adani to go through if it was independently assessed by the NAIF.

What is Adani?

Adani's businesses include coal trading, coal mining, oil and gas exploration, ports, multi-modal logistics, power generation and transmission, as well as gas distribution.

It acquired the Abbot Point Coal Terminal in 2011 and purchased the Abbot Point BulkCoal Operating business in 2016.

Adani is behind the Carmichael coal mine project which includes an open-cut and underground coal mine with a yield of 60 million tonnes per annum and a 189km railway line.

Protests

The Stop Adani movement has listed several concerns about Adani's operations in Australia, including air pollution and climate change.

Militant activist group Front Line Action on Coal has launched several protests in North Queensland and has blockaded Adani's Townsville headquarters on at least two occasions, leading to arrests.

Many of those taking place in the protests are from southern Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Topics:  adani lnp north queensland queensland election 2017



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