Oliver Yates, Independent Candidate for Kooyong, has said the Environment Minister's decision to rush through the final approvals for the Adani mine proves that the government has no integrity.
“Time and time again the government has lied, pushed the interests of its donors in the fossil fuel industry over the interests of the citizens,” said Mr Yates.
“Today takes the cake. We’ve seen an insurgent group of LNP members fight to give this mega mine even more special treatment.
“Over the last week, members of the hard right of the Liberal Party have been bullying the Environment Minister in the media to rush through the final approvals of the Adani mine.
“Today, she’s been forced to rush through the process of allowing this company carte blanche with our water. This stinks of bullying, intimidation and poor process.
“This decision threatens millions of litres of precious groundwater. The mine, when the coal is burned, will threaten the Great Barrier Reef and cause runaway climate change.
“But it’s the process that makes Australians disgusted. It’s just so obvious that this being jammed through right before an election is being called.
“I have one message to the people of Kooyong. Josh Frydenberg has continually backed this mine. He stood in Parliament and waved around coal. And now he owns this decision and we will continue campaigning for political integrity and real action on climate change here in Kooyong, all the way up to the election.
“People I speak to in Kooyong are furious.”
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