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Adani is not about jobs, and never really was

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So Adani gets its final environmental approval from the Queensland government, and central Queensland gets the jobs it voted for in the federal election: “an enormous win for regional jobs”, according to Queensland LNP Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington.

What that amounts to is about 1500 jobs in the construction phase – which at two years won’t even get us to the next federal election – and maybe 100 when the mine is operating, at least according to University of Queensland economist Professor John Quiggin.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Adani has to live up to its promise to deliver jobs.Credit:AAP/Dave Hunt

It feels like you can believe whatever you want about Adani, or at least whatever suits your world view.

But Adani was never really about jobs. “Adani” is a litmus test in........

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