Adani’s pledge to create 10,000 direct and indirect jobs through the development of the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland has been questioned by Federal Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
The Labor leader went as far as contemplating if Adani’s promise was for “fake jobs” as “increasing scepticism” emerged in Australian communities about whether the project would go ahead or not.
Adani reported last November that its job creation for regional Queensland was under way across its mine, rail and port projects.
The company launched several jobseeker events in the region’s major centres to fill positions it was offering and to build awareness of the project.
Shorten said, however, that Adani had continued to publicly confirm the project would be up and running on time, but then they would miss another development deadline.
“I’m beginning to wonder if the people of North Queensland are being led on with the promise of fake jobs and they’re never going to materialise,” Shorten said.
It is the second straight week that Shorten has questioned the integrity of the Carmichael development after he previously pointed to its environmental issues.
Adani was last week forced to defend itself after there were claims the company falsified samples for an environmental report during Cyclone Debbie last year.
The company, with Abbot Point Bulk Coal, denied any wrongdoing in this regard.
“Abbot Point Bulk Coal provided correct and accurate information to regulators regarding storm water run-off during Cyclone Debbie,” Adani Australia said in a statement.
“We at all times operate transparently and in accordance with the highest standards expected by the community.”