Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

MPs 'Differ' over Mines; Christensen Says Claim Coal "No Longer Stacks Up" Does Not Apply

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

MPs 'Differ' over Mines; Christensen Says Claim Coal "No Longer Stacks Up" Does Not Apply

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Emily Smith

emily.smith@dailymercury.com.au

SPECULATION about the death of coal is "a great exaggeration".

That's what Federal Member for Dawson George Christensen said after Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce claimed on Saturday the business case for coal mines "no longer stacked up".

"The reality is the International Energy Agency which is the international peak body said there will actually be a continued increase in the demand for coal in the near future," Mr Christensen said.

"It's almost bizarre that is has (been questioned). It (a coal mine) should be assessed on its merits.

"If a developer rocks up to council wanting to build a new development, it's not up to council to check the financials."

The comments by Mr Joyce were in The Guardian Australia, in relation to the proposed Shenhua coal mine on the Liverpool Plains.

Shenhua Group is a Chinese company and Mr Joyce claimed China was "over-supplied" with coal.

But Adani planned to fuel India and their own power stations with Carmichael coal. …

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