Alan Jones calls new $10bn coal mine a ‘betrayal of ordinary Australians’

Alan Jones has accused the Queensland Government of ‘selling out’ to Indian mine developers as plans for the $10 billion Carmichael Coal mine, rail and port project go ahead.

Jones told listeners on Monday that the mine was an example of putting short-term gains ahead of agricultural interests.

Jones claimed floodplains and farms would be affected by Adani’s proposed 400km rail line, stating it would ‘destroy’ the environment, News Mail reported.

He also said Premier Campbell Newman and Resources Minister Martin Ferguson’s pledge to support the project was a “betrayal of ordinary Australians.”

As Australian Mining reported yesterday, Indian conglomerate the Adani Group have announced plans to push ahead with its $10 billion Carmichael Coal mine, rail and port project in central Queensland, flagging the need for 9000 workers.

Adani said the project would include construction of the mine, as well as rail and port infrastructure. The project is expected to create 5000 jobs during construction and 4000 permanent jobs when operation begins.

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman and Federal Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson yesterday promised their governments’ commitment to the plan, pledging to grant all regulatory and environmental approvals by the end of 2013.

Speaking to APN from India earlier this week, the Premier said he did not agree with Jones.

"If we want to leverage the things we have that give us international trade, we have to go after these projects,” he said.

"We need jobs for Queenslanders, not just at the mine but for boilermakers, fitters and turners and concreters.

"If we say no, it's like this: it won't happen."

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