GetUp members fund further legal action against Adani

GETUP members have today taken actions to fund further legal action against the Adani coal mine being led by Australia's oldest environmental group, the Australian Conservation Foundation.

GetUp senior campaigner Sam Regester said that GetUp members had chipped in thousands of dollars to fund the case against Adani being launched today in the Federal Court and protect the Great Barrier Reef from the mining and burning of coal.

"GetUp members have chipped in and won legal cases of this nature before, and we are proud to do it again. We have a responsibility to protect the Great Barrier Reef, particularly when politicians abandon it," Mr Regester said.

"We are proud to be working with the Australian Conservation Foundation to fund this critical legal action in an attempt to stop this dangerous mine from warming the globe and the waters of the Great Barrier Reef.

"We believe, along with the thousands of people who are funding this case, that Greg Hunt has failed in his obligation to consider the risks of burning this much coal on the Great Barrier Reef. Now we ask the court to decide whether these risks are acceptable.

"State and Federal governments of both political persuasions are trying to fast track this proposal despite its many risks and lack of benefits.

"GetUp members have lobbied both levels of government consistently over this issue but politicians aren't listening to the overwhelming concerns of their constituents so we are now seeking to protect the Reef through the legal system.

Mackay Conservation Group has welcomed the announcement today that the Australian Conservation Foundation will challenge the approval of the Adani Carmichael mine.  

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has several grounds on which it is appealing the Federal Government's approval of the mine.  

Most significantly, ACF will be arguing that the federal environment minister has failed to consider the serious impact on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area that will result from burning the coal mined at the Carmichael mine.  

Under the World Heritage Convention, the Australian Government is entrusted to maintain the Great Barrier Reef's natural and cultural values for the world community.  

Mackay Conservation Group acting coordinator, Peter McCallum, said "we welcome the intervention of Australia's pre-eminent environmental organisation in this legal process."  

"We appealed against the previous approval for this mine and Greg Hunt (the Federal Minister for Environment) admitted to failing to consider advice about two threatened species that would be impacted," he said.  

"Mr Hunt has now re-approved the mine with what we consider significant shortfalls such as permitting the proponent to alter permit conditions without seeking a further re-approval."  

"Ultimately this is a battle between overseas resource companies who wish to make vast profits from mining and those who wish to see the Great Barrier Reef protected for the entire community."  

Mackay Conservation Group has not yet made any announcement regarding whether it will also appeal the most recent approval of the Carmichael mine.

Meanwhile Dawson MP George Christensen said the latest Carmichael mine court challenge, based on the mine's contribution to global emissions, would, ironically, lead to increased global emissions if successful

The Australian Conservation Foundation today launched a new court challenge to the approval of Adani's Carmichael mine in western Queensland.

Mr Christensen said the challenge would hold up jobs and the Carmichael mine on the basis that the coal from the mine, when burnt, will cause climate change, which will impact the reef.

"The extreme greens forget the fact that Adani need the coal for their many power stations in India and the coal is going to be burnt regardless of whether it comes from the Carmichael mine or not," he said.

"The choice isn't between burning coal or not burning coal. The choice is in between mining low-ash content coal in Australia, under strict environmental conditions and monitoring and creating Australian jobs in the process or mining dirty coal overseas, with no environmental conditions to speak of and using cheap, exploited foreign labour to do it.

"The irony is that Australian coal, with lower ash content, produces less carbon dioxide emissions than coal with high ash content because more of the latter needs to be burnt to produce equivalent power generation.

"The extreme greens, in arguing against an Australian mine, are arguing for dirty coal mined with poor environmental standards and more carbon dioxide emissions. They're also arguing against local jobs."

Mr Christensen said he visited the Indian port of Mundra last week where he inspected the adjacent power stations that require 200 ships of coal every year to operate.

"These power stations are built next to the port because they need to import coal and they are not going to cease operating if coal stopped coming from Australia," he said.

"They would simply import coal from another country."



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