It's time for the Queensland government to start governing.
Updated: Mar 4, 2019
Statement by Greg Evans, Chief Executive
The Queensland government must draw a close to the stalling tactics and unequivocally
back the development of the Adani Carmichael project in the Galilee Basin.
Federal Labor also needs to stand squarely behind the project and recognise the
contribution of coal to the national economy.
The project has satisfied every legitimate environmental and technical requirement, and
there is little doubt amongst mainstream Queenslanders it has been held up for political
reasons and by the pressure applied by green activists.
The case couldn’t be clearer. The project and further development in the basin will provide
jobs and a much-needed boost to the regional economies of central and north Queensland.
Demand for thermal coal remains strong with analysts Commodity Insights forecasting an
extra 400 million tonnes annually of import demand from Asia by 2030.
If Australia doesn’t help meet this increase, there is no doubt other foreign suppliers will
step in, and we will forego a significant economic benefit. Also, inferior quality coal is likely
to be utilised unnecessarily contributing to higher emissions.
Thousands of job seekers between Gladstone and Townsville have shown interest in
working on the opening of a new coal basin. The government must now let it proceed
without further delay.