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Mining union warns Mr Bill Shorten over Adani coal mine - Report

Coal News - Published on Tue, 23 Apr 2019

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The Australian reported that the mining union has warned Bill Shorten against taking any action that could jeopardise the Adani coalmine ahead of a campaign stop today in north Queensland where the issue threatens to cost Labor the Townsville based seat of Herbert. CFMEU mining and energy Queensland president Steve Smyth said Mr Shorten would be crazy to review the federal ­approvals of the mine, which is yet to be ticked-off by Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk. Mr Smyth last month warned that the union would campaign against candidates after the Queensland Labor government delayed the Adani coalmine with an 11th hour review of an environmental management plan. Mr Smyth said that “If the federal government has approved it based on the science and based on the evidence before it, then just get on with it. Accept it and get on with it. We don’t need any more delays. There will probably be other mines in Queensland announced by the time Adani gets off the ground. It just keeps going on and on and on.”

The Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union warning comes as Labor headquarters appears open to the prospect of revisiting the Adani approval process as it questions whether Environment Minister Melissa Price gave the mine a green light after being bullied by colleagues.

When asked yesterday if Labor would review the federal environmental approvals of Adani if it won the election, a spokesman said it was extraordinary, Ms Price approved the mine after being threatened by her colleagues. He said that “The public needs to know how this came about and whether the alleged bullying of minister Price influenced her decision on the approval of groundwater management plan for Adani.”

The statement came despite Labor MP Cathy O’Toole, whose ultra-marginal seat of Herbert takes in Townsville, vowing “hand on heart” that federal Labor would not change the mine’s approvals.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Tue, 23 Apr 2019
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