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Media Release: Adani’s so-called announcement just a grab for public funds

Adani’s announcement today is just a PR stunt to squeeze a $1 billion handout from Australian taxpayers, say the Australian Greens.  

"This so-called final investment decision is meaningless, Adani is still broke, and 19 banks have refused to fund their deadly mega-coal mine,” says Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and Queensland Senator, Larissa Waters.

"Today’s announcement does not mean the mine will go ahead, it’s a grab for a $1 billion handout of public funds from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility.

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UNESCO report yet another reminder, we can have new coal or the Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is still on the watch list for World Heritage In Danger listing and UNESCO has hit out at the slow progress on water quality and mass coral bleaching, say the Australian Greens.

"Meanwhile, Queensland Labor and Turnbull roll out the red carpet and public money for Adani for their deadly mega-coal mine," says Deputy Leader and Queensland Senator, Larissa Waters. 

"As many scientists have said, our governments must choose between new coal or the Reef. 

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Queensland Labor can’t keep a promise for two days on Adani

Just two days after Palaszczuk promised her government wouldn't be the middleman that helps funnel public funds to Adani, the Queensland Treasurer has contradicted her.

“Treasurer Curtis Pitt’s intervention today in the power struggle between Palaszczuk and Trad shows the issue is far from settled”, says Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Queensland Senator, Larissa Waters.

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Greens call on Shorten to block Turnbull from funneling money direct to Adani

Federal Labor should join the Greens in pledging to block Turnbull giving a billion dollars of public money directly to Adani, say the Australian Greens.

“After public pressure, Queensland Labor are claiming they won’t be the middleman and help funnel federal funds to Adani,” says Deputy Leader of the Australian Greens and Queensland Senator, Larissa Waters.

“If the Turnbull government insists on giving freebies to a dodgy multinational mining company and moves to amend the NAIF Act so money can be handed direct to Adani, the Greens will block them in the Senate.

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Adani caught out ripping off taxpayers in India

Adani has been caught out ripping off Indian taxpayers, why will Queensland be any different, say the Australian Greens.  

According to reports by Indian media, the Adani group has ripped off the State Government of Kerala, approximately $6 billion AUD in a dodgy deal to build a port at Vizhinjam.

The media reports refer to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General that has been tabled in the Indian Parliament.  

Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader said:

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Queensland Labor and Adani join forces, Queensland taxpayers get screwed over

Queensland Labor has broken their promise to Queenslanders that there would be no taxpayer handouts for Adani, say the Australian Greens.

“After being publicly shamed for secretly offering Adani a $320 million royalty freebie, Queensland Labor have cooked up another deal that hands out taxpayer-funded favours to all mining companies”, said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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Qld Labor giving more royalty freebies – Shorten must oppose Adani

Royalty freebies for all mining companies are worse than secret freebies for just Adani, and federal Labor must now come out and oppose these handouts, say the Australian Greens.

“With Queensland Labor happy to sign the Reef’s death warrant and give away free coal, it’s up to Bill Shorten to acknowledge reality and drop support for Adani’s Reef wrecking mega-mine,” said Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Senator for Queensland, Larissa Waters.

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Adani pulls strings in the Labor and Liberal parties

In the wake of reported weakening of Adani’s environmental approval at Abbot Point coal port, the Australian Greens say that Queensland Labor and the Liberals don’t work for us, they work for Adani.

“The gifts for this billionaire company from Labor and the Liberals keep stacking up".

"With Adani, they have conspired to screw over taxpayers, trample the land rights of Indigenous Australians, trash the Great Barrier Reef and now endanger vulnerable species," says Australian Greens Deputy Leader and Queensland Senator Larissa Waters.

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The Greens have a plan to stop Adani from getting a billion dollar handout

In this sitting week of Parliament the Greens will introduce a bill to stop $1 billion in public money going to Adani to prop up their dirty mega coal-mine.

“The Liberal government takes money away from battling families but wants to give $1billion to a tax dodging, environmentally ruinous, mining company, said Australian Greens acting leader Senator Scott Ludlam.

“Queensland Labor has the power to block the handover of public funds but won’t do it.

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