ALP bureaucrats squash anti-Adani motions at Qld state Conference

The ALP Quensland state conference is meeting in Townsville on 29-30 July. This is the opportunity for the 183 local ALP branches to submit motions for state policy consideration. But at least 3 proposals from local branches on the Adani Carmichael coal mine will not be put to the vote. The Agenda Committee decides what motions get presented to state conference.

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  1. According to a Townsville Bulletin report, only one Adani-related motion will be debated. This motion will be moved by State Secretary Evan Moorhead to endorse current policy in recognising the resources sector would continue to be a vital part of the state’s economy. Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced in Townsville on June 6 that it would proceed with the Carmichael mine and rail project.
  2. MOTION 1: MORETON BRANCH
    This conference considers that the proposed Adani coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin should not be supported by the Queensland or Federal governments because:
    1. Exploitation of coal deposits … will contribute to global warming.
    2. Any new jobs created … will be far outweighed by the jobs lost in the Queensland tourism industry.
    3. The Adani mined coal will be destined for a rapidly shrinking external market in coal.
    4. Taxpayer support for uninvestable new coal projects … is not only a bad idea but diverts public funds from other urgently needed infrastructure projects.
  3. MOTION 2: BARRON RIVER BRANCH
    That this conference calls upon the Palaszczuk Labor Government as follows:
    That the Government be asked to reconsider its commitments to and fast-tracking of the Adani Carmichael Project.
    That no financial governmental support of any kind be handed to the developers of the Adani mine.
    That the Government embrace the economic reality of a global decline in the use of fossil fuels in the post-industrial 21st century and create sustainable employment for the future and for regional Queensland in the agricultural, tourism and renewable energy industries.
  4. MOTION 3: DECEPTION BAY BRANCH
    This conference does not support the Queensland Government decision to declare Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal project as critical infrastructure.
    The Government’s decision overturns due process and gives the Coordinator General power to make decisions around the project.
    The recent coral bleaching was a consequence of climate change and was a warning signal that needs to be heeded.
    The burning of coal is the greatest contributor to climate change.
    The mine does not meet the Government’s definition of critical infrastructure.
  5. According to a report in the Townsville Bulletin, Cathy O'Toole, the Labor Federal MP for the marginal Queensland seat of Herbert, has said the project needed to stack up “environmentally and commercially”. This resembles Shadow Environment Minister Mark Butler's position on Adani which he argues fails to stack up on economics and environmental grounds. O'Toole has not outright opposed the project like Labor MPs Peter Khalil and David Feeney and Labor Senator Lisa Singh.
  6. “I have always supported federal Labor in the fact that we do not support giving billions of taxpayer dollars to a wealthy foreign company,” she told the Townsville Bulletin. “At the launch of Adani in 2016 at the Townsville Port it was stated that they did not need Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility funding – this project must be able to stand on its own merit.”

    “I am aware we are in a jobs crisis,” she said. “We have a high unemployment.

    “It is critical that we do not take our eye off the main game here and that is ensuring that Townsville secures the fly-in fly-out hub. My personal opinion is totally irrelevant in this matter and I will not be distracted because I was elected to represent this community.”
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