Today marks a ‘game changing’ occasion for regional Queensland, with Adani confirming it’s $16.5billion Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin has final investment approval.
Despite years of political opposition from the Labor Party and their Greens supporters, and legal loopholes, Adani has today indicated the project has Final Investment Decision (FID) approval.
And I was pleased to see the Queensland Premier join Federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan, the Mayor, myself and many others at the official opening of Adani’s headquarters in Townsville today.
I now call on the Labor Party, in particular Townsville’s three Labor members and Federal member Cathy O’Toole, to urge their Federal counterparts in the Senate to seal this deal by signing off on the Government’s amendments to the Native Title legislation when Parliament resumes next week.
The Native Title amendments are the last hurdle before construction can start.
Jobs and the livelihoods of thousands of Queenslanders have been held to ransom while the Labor Party has hedged its bets with this massive investment project.
Their allegiance to their Greens supporters in the south-east and the southern capitals has tested the patience of Queenslanders for long enough.
And to Get Up and those activists (only six of whom could be rounded up for today’s ‘protest’) who continue to peddle their lies at the expense of hardworking Queenslanders, it’s time to go home. Commonsense has prevailed, and today is the dawn of a bright new future not only for Queensland, but for the whole country.