& # 39; It's a wake-up call & # 39 ;: stunning Adani U-turn when Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczuk orders crisis talks – after Labor did nothing about the coal mine, they won
- The Queensland Labor Prime Minister has demanded action for the Adani coal mine
- Annastacia Palaszczuk has criticized her own party for delays in a major project
- The loss of core support by Labor in Sunshine State has given her a & # 39; wake-up call & # 39; given
The Queensland Labor Premier demanded action over the Adani coal mine after Labor's federal defeat.
Annastacia Palaszczuk criticized the delays of her own government in approving the largest mine in Australia.
She said that the loss of nuclear support by Federal Labor in the Sunshine State gave her a & # 39; wake-up call & # 39; has given.
Traditional Labor voters left their party in the polls after Bill Shorten vowed to change the nation and & # 39; real action & # 39; against climate change.
Before the federal elections, Palaszczuk promised that there would be no political interference in the decision to approve the Adani mine.
But on Wednesday she stood in front of cameras in a hard hat in Mackay and demanded a meeting between Adani and her own ministers.
& # 39; The community is fed up with the processes, I know I have had enough of the processes, I know my local members have had enough of the processes & # 39 ;, said Palaszczuk.
& # 39; We need some assurance and we need some time schedules. Enough is enough … the federal elections were definitely a wake-up call for everyone. & # 39;
The Adani coal mine is being built in the Galilee basin (photo), about 500 km west of Mackay
Despite their efforts to promote the potential problems that the mine can cause for the climate (left), many residents of Queensland (right) have focused on the positive impact that the mine will have on industry and jobs.
Palaszczuk said she understood there was frustration in the community about the lack of a mine decision.
& # 39; I think everyone has had a good portion of this, to be honest, & # 39; she said.
The Adani coal mine will create 1,500 jobs in the Queensland region, but construction work will be stopped pending approval from the Queensland Environmental Protection Agency.
A government representative from Queensland will meet Adani on Thursday to work out a timeline for the approval process of the Carmichael mine in an effort to resolve delays that caused a backlash from the voter.
Mrs. Palaszczuk intervened to order her state coordinator general to meet Adani and the independent regulator to set a timeline and a deadline for a decision by Friday.
Greens founder Bob Brown (photo) led a convoy of left-wing supporters on a tour through Queensland in an attempt to convince the locals to vote against Adani
Two notable environmental management plans, related to the Black-Throated Finch habitat and complex groundwater resources at the site, have contributed to delays.
Adani Australia's Chief Executive Officer, Lucas Dow, said that if approvals were not completed within two weeks, the meeting would turn out to be just another & # 39; delay tactic & # 39; from the government.
CFMEU, national president Tony Maher, welcomed a clear timetable for the project that he said had significant support from the community because it would create local jobs.
He said he wanted Adani to confirm how many permanent full-time jobs the mine would generate.
Mackay Conservation Group coordinator Peter McCallum said that Queensland & # 39; s water and wildlife are not endangered by the project.
Within a few hours of the closing polls on Saturday, the smiles had vanished from the face of Labor leader Bill Shorten (left). Labor senator Penny Wong (right) later admitted that her party's position on Adani may have made the biggest difference to the election result
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