Murrawah Johnson and Adrian Burragubba outside Standard Chartered bank in London during their international trip urging the world's biggest banks not to fund Adani's Carmichael Mine project in the Galilee Basin.
Murrawah Johnson and Adrian Burragubba outside Standard Chartered bank in London during their international trip urging the world's biggest banks not to fund Adani's Carmichael Mine project in the Galilee Basin.

Round-the-world trip against Adani's Carmichael mine

ARMED with a didgeridoo and his personal convictions, Adrian Burragubba has been flying across the world urging executives at some of the world's best-known multinational banks not to fund Adani's $16 billion mega mine.

To financiers the Carmichael project is a mine to be built 160km north-west of Clermont in the coal-rich Galilee Basin of central Queensland.

But to Mr Burragubba, his niece Murrawah Johnson and the people they represent, the 400-strong Wangan and Jagalingou tribe, it is the ancestral land tied to them spiritually.

And they want the world to know it is not the Indian mining giant's to dig up.

Ms Johnson said while they were battling to protect Wangan and Jagalingou land, if the mine went ahead its impact on the environment would be global.

In the US the pair met with Goldman Sachs, Citibank, Bank of America and the US Export-Import Bank. In Zurich they met with UBS Switzerland and Credit Suisse.

Ms Johnson told APN from London that their meeting with Standard Chartered, which already has a financial relationship with Adani, did not go as well as the others.

The University of Queensland student and Australian Youth Climate Coalition volunteer said while the other banks seemed eager to meet; they had to request a meeting with Standard Chartered twice.

Ms Johnson said Citibank and Goldman Sachs said they were not open to funding the project and EXIM expressed consternation at Adani's statement the bank might fund it as the miner had not submitted a proposal.

Ms Johnson said they had received funding for the trip from humanitarian and environmentalist groups, but she was unsure how much money the tour would cost and how much had been donated.

They will stop in Hong Kong before returning to Australia.

Before leaving Australia, Mr Burragubba launched a Federal Court challenge against Adani following the National Native Title Tribunal's April decision to allow the Queensland Government to issue mining permits for the mine.

But their worries might be unfounded.

The Mackay Conservation Group has submitted more information in the Federal Court amending its legal challenge to Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt's approval of the Carmichael mine, arguing he failed to consider conservation advice for two vulnerable species.

On an ABC Four Corners report about the mining downturn on Monday, economist and former Liberal Party federal leader John Hewson said many people legitimately did not believe the Carmichael project would ever be built.

With plummeting coal prices and Australia's biggest customers turning to renewable energy, Four Corners questioned whether Australia had backed a loser in the mining industry.



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