Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Tempers Flare, Insults Fly over Adani Project

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Tempers Flare, Insults Fly over Adani Project

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Byline: Cas Garvey

FIRST he claimed it was a "domestic" between the Premier and her "boyfriend" that led to the Adani loan veto, then he labelled her a racist; now Senator Matt Canavan is turning on her candidate for Burdekin.

The Minister for Resources and Northern Australia has labelled Labor candidate for Burdekin Mike Brunker "naAaAaAeAa[macron]ve" and his comments "misleadin after media reports of his position on a possible loan for Adani to build a rail line from the Galilee Basin.

On Sunday, Mr Canavan labelled Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk a racist for backing a Saudi Arabian solar farm at the Burdekin but not the Indian mining conglomerate Adani.

"Apparently Indian billionaires are bad and Saudi Arabian billionaires are good because she's (Ms Palaszczuk) OK for a solar farm to get hundreds of millions of dollars to get subsidies for five jobs but not OK for an Indian billionaire to get a loan to create thousands of jobs," Mr Canavan said.

Yesterday, Mr Canavan said Mr Brunker could not claim to support the Adani coal project, which he says has become "an internal brawl" among the Labor party.

"Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk completely reversed Labor's previous position when she announced a re-elected Labor government would 'veto' any loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) for the proposed Adani rail line," Mr Canavan said.

"It is naAaAaAeAa[macron]ve for Mr Brunker to tell a local newspaper that he doesn know what seat his colleague and Deputy Premier Jackie Trad holds in Queensland and that he remains confident the Federal Government can still administer a loan to Adani.

"The bottom line is that the Premier's decision potentially will cause delay, disruption and uncertainty - and, frankly, those are exactly the goals of environmental activists who vehemently oppose developing the coal resources of the Galilee Basin and providing up to 15,000 new jobs in Queensland. …

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