Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Senator Canavan Clashes with ABC; Rockhampton-Based LNP Minister Gets Heated over Adani with Radio Presenter

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Senator Canavan Clashes with ABC; Rockhampton-Based LNP Minister Gets Heated over Adani with Radio Presenter

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ROCKHAMPTON-BASED senator Matt Canavan tiffed with ABC radio yesterday morning, during an interview conducted by Kim Landers.

During the interview, Mr Canavan, who is also the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, was asked questions regarding mining giant Adani.

Organisation Getup has since slammed Mr Canavan over the "tirade" against the ABC.

Spokeswoman Ellen Roberts said the senator was attacking the ABC for acting in the public interest.

"Today we have learned that Adani wants to hide its assets, like the Abbot Point Coal Port, in secret and dodgy tax havens in the Cayman Islands. We've also learned that the company is under investigation for tax dodging in India," she said.

"And yet, despite its record, Senator Canavan thinks the company will pay 'billions in tax'."

See an out-take of the ABC transcript here:

KIM LANDERS:

Were you aware of this investigation into the Adani Group?

MINISTER CANAVAN:

Well before I get to that question Kim, can I just thank you for having me on your program because I have been very disappointed in the ABC's coverage of this issue in the past week. Some of your reports have been nothing but fake news...

KIM LANDERS:

Well let me put some of these specific points to you then. Were you aware of this investigation by the intelligence arm of the Indian Finance Ministry into the Adani Group?

MINISTER CANAVAN:

Well as I said, before I get to that, in all of your reports this week you've had no views from people in North Queensland. So it's very good to be joining you as Minister for Resources, but it's even better to be joining you as a proud resident of North Queensland. I'm looking out at the Great Barrier Reef right now, I'm lucky enough to have a view from my house...

KIM LANDERS:

The Adani Group is seeking this one (billion) dollar taxpayer subsidised loan for the rail project part of the Carmichael development, and I understand that is being assessed by the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility, which is an independent body. But how can that be considered when there are all these fraud investigations under way? …

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