Labor has a strong history of acting to protect the environment. It was Labor who initiated the protection of the Great Barrier Reef during the Whitlam Government. It was the Hawke and Keating Governments that protected the Franklin, the Daintree, Antarctica and extended Kakadu. The Rudd and Gillard Governments ended 30 years of conflict over Tasmania’s forests and 120 years of disagreement over the Murray Darling Basin.
When it comes to the Adani project, Labor’s position is clear. The project should not go ahead if it doesn’t stack up commercially or environmentally – and so far it hasn’t.
I note media reports state the Adani company has claimed it has secured financial support – that’s a matter for Adani. It’s a fact though that around thirty banks worldwide have refused to invest in the project, and it’s missed deadline after deadline.
We will not hand over $1 billion in taxpayer funds to a mining billionaire – something the Government won’t rule out doing.
Labor supports mining communities and workers – but unlike other existing projects, this particular project has so far not stacked up.
If there are decisions to be made in government, Labor will make them in the national interest, based on relevant laws, and the best and most recent information before us.
Labor does not rip up contracts and we don’t create sovereign risk.
Labor has a plan for real jobs in regional Queensland – we will invest in local infrastructure projects that will create more than 3,000 new jobs for Queenslanders, and we will announce more job-creating projects in the lead up to the next election.
26 July 2018