Christensen pushes for bans on enviro claims

OUTSPOKEN federal member for Dawson in Central Queensland George Christensen has demanded that the Prime Minister bring forward legislation to ban environmental groups from launching legal challenges against mining projects after approval for the $16.5 billion Carmichael project was again challenged in the courts.
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Federal member for Dawson George Christensen

Lou Caruana

The Australian Conservation Foundation lodged an appeal in the Federal Court against Adani's proposed project in the Galilee Basin because it claims federal environment minister Greg Hunt did not consider whether the impact of burning coal would damage the Great Barrier Reef.

Christensen said he believes there is widespread support to stop multi-billion dollar projects being held up on technical legal challenges.

“It is a frivolous court case when you're arguing about climate change impacts from a mine and a Queensland court has actually already ruled that that is not to be taken into consideration,” he said.

“I believe that there is some goodwill in the Labor Party on this issue as well, on the information that I've heard, and if people like the shadow resources minister Gary Gray, who strongly supports this Adani development, wants to see it go ahead then they will be at the negotiating table with the Government.”

Christensen has personally put his support behind Adani’s $16.5 million Carmichael coal mine project in the Galilee Basin despite wavering support from his Liberal National Party.

He has circulated postcards for locals to express their support for the project.

“I support the Adani Group’s Carmichael mine project, the Abbot Point expansion, and the connecting rail line,” he said.

“Our region has supplied the workforce and services needed to build and operate mines in the Bowen Basin and we are ready to build your vision for the Galilee Basin and the people of India. We welcome the Adani Group to North Queensland and want you to know that we’re ready to get working.”

Christensen’s seat takes in Mackay and the Queensland coal fields, which would be major beneficiaries of the Carmichael coal project and the associated infrastructure if it went ahead.

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