The Australian Greens are putting a motion to the Senate for vote on Wednesday calling on the federal government to urgently investigate the ownership of the Abbot Point coal terminal and Carmichael mine projects.
“For all Minister Hunt knows it could be Mickey Mouse who is building the world’s largest coal port in the Great Barrier Reef,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.
“Recent revelations in media have exposed Adani’s lack of transparency surrounding the ownership of the Abbot Point coal terminal and Carmichael mine projects, as well as alleged tax avoidance.
“The Greens are calling for an urgent investigation.
“We’re talking about the biggest coal mine and the biggest coal port that Australia has ever seen, which are set to export hundreds of millions of tonnes of coal through our Great Barrier Reef.
“If the port goes ahead and environmental destruction occurs, as is extremely likely given it is being built in a World Heritage Area, who will the government hold to account for repairing the damage?
“It’s reckless for the government to allow these enormous projects to proceed without even knowing who controls them.
“Minister Hunt is failing to stop environmental vandals and shady operators from taking control of the most dangerous projects in our most precious places.
“It’s clear that the world’s largest coal port and the largest coal mine in the Southern Hemisphere should never have been approved given the direct impacts on the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s climate.
“The latest revelations about creative tax and financial arrangements and the environmental history of the players only serve to reinforce this.
“Minister Hunt must revoke the Abbot Point approval to save our Great Barrier Reef,” Senator Waters said.