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Adani is an environmental health risk we can't afford

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No matter what you think of the merits of digging a massive new coal mine in the centre of Queensland, there’s one thing we must not forget about Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine in the election wash-up. It is a high-risk project proposed by a company which has failed to follow the law on numerous occasions and they have never been subjected to a proper background check for their Queensland approvals.

As reported on Friday, CFMMEU Queensland construction division state secretary Michael Ravbar has warned Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk that Queenslanders “risk being taken for a ride by a shonky multinational with a chequered corporate history”. His concerns are well-founded.

Labor's political opponents seized on the Adani issue throughout the campaign.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

Last Friday, Palaszczuk announced a fast-tracked timeline for Adani, saying the two final approvals under Queensland law that Adani will need (along with two final approvals under federal law), before it can start significant construction at the mine site, should be resolved within a few weeks. The Premier described those laws as “strict”. This........

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