Our Federal Treasurer and current member for Kooyong is clearly in a predicament. His Queensland LNP colleagues are putting enormous pressure on the Government to approve the Adani Carmichael coal mine before announcing the election and entering the caretaker period.
On the ABC’s RN Breakfast this morning, the Deputy Labor leader, Tanya Plibersek said that major community concern around Adani and climate change in Mr Frydenberg’s own Kooyong electorate has been a major reason for the Government’s delay in calling an election.
Oliver Yates, Independent candidate for Kooyong, has said that Australians and the Kooyong electorate have a right to know Mr Frydenberg’s and the Liberal party’s position on Adani before the people are asked to choose their Parliamentary representatives in this forthcoming election.
“There is no carbon budget, no social licence, no economic justification and no safe way for this mine to go ahead without substantially adding to dangerous global warming.
“Adani and other large miners have donated huge hoppers of money to buy influence with both major parties. It’s outrageous that money could override the genuine concerns of enlightened citizens. In the interests of integrity in politics, citizens have a right to know the Government’s position if re-elected, but no binding decision should be made prior to the election.
“The Adani mine clearly highlights the divisions in the Coalition. You have Queensland LNP members pushing for the dangerous mine to go ahead. They are prepared promote the last throes of the coal industry over the interests of the environment, agriculture, tourism and new industries. Meanwhile, here in Kooyong, the community is demanding action on climate change and for the Adani mine application to be rejected.
“The Liberal party will do or say anything in their desperate attempt to salvage this election. They will sacrifice the future of our economy, environment and our children’s future if it can curry favour in marginal Queensland electorates. Environmental permits for Adani’s mine need to be revoked and the project needs to be stopped before it damages our water and adds to serious global warming.
“The Liberal party is addicted to their donors who want this project to proceed. Yet the mine threatens our precious groundwater, our Great Barrier Reef and the safety and prosperity of all Australians.
“Australians overwhelmingly, want Adani to be stopped. They understand the consequences of unabated climate change, the danger of more extreme weather events, the exposure from uninsurable properties and other impacts to our livelihood.
“Concerns around jobs and economic opportunities for Queenslanders are only being peddled by untrustworthy, self-interested politicians who should be promoting alternative projects and sustainable jobs that don’t place the Great Barrier Reef and our major tourism industry at risk.”
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