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Thousands protest across Australia against coal mine project by Adani Group

MELBOURNE: On Saturday, Thousands of people protested across 40 locations in Australia against Indian corporate giant, Adani Group amidst controversy surrounding his coal mine project. Members of the Stop Adani Alliance – which comprises more than 30 environment groups, began to gather around the country.

These protests were held as part of the Stop Adani group’s “big day of action”. Protesters wrote ‘Stop Adani’ by forming human chain throughout Australia to oppose Adani Enterprises’ proposed Carmichael coal mine.

People form a sign at Nobby’s Beach in Newcastle as part of the Stop Adani protest. Photograph: Ryan Jago

Adani’s $22 billion Carmichael mine will be built west of Rockhampton, Queensland and once completed will be Australia’s largest coal mine.

Protest rallies were held in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, the Gold Coast and Port Douglas in North Queensland and several other locations.

The project has been surrounded with controversy and suffered inordinate delays for years over environmental and financing issues. New polling shows that the Australian community is angry that $1 billion of public money could be handed to Adani for a mine that will wreck the climate and the [Great Barrier] Reef.

Sydney ‘Stop Adani’ campaigner Isaac Astill called the construction of the mine an international issue.

Meanwhile, Adani Australia CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj said that the company was committed to create jobs in Australia and there was large support for the project in regional Australia.

“We are focussed.. the project is needed in the community and we have their whole support,” he said.

Adani and the Queensland government have highlighted that the mine will prove beneficial for the region. This week the company announced it would base more than 1000 fly-in, fly-out workers in both Townsville and Rockhampton.

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