Premier Palaszczuk, it's time to stop making special rules to suit Adani.
In October, Minister Lynham declared Adani’s Carmichael Combined Project “critical infrastructure” and a “prescribed project” - giving Queensland's Coordinator-General an extraordinary array of powers to fast-track water assessments and potentially, with ministerial consent, strip away review and appeal rights (read more).
Now, your government has amended its own groundwater protection laws to exempt Adani from normal public notification and third party merits appeals on associated water licences (read more).
Queensland farmers, traditional owners and other landholders, our ancient springs and precious ecosystems, all dependent on our groundwater, are relying on you to properly assess the groundwater and all other potential impacts of this massive coal mine.
Premier, it's time to stop giving Adani special treatment, and stand up for Queensland.
1. Commit to ensuring the massive Carmichael coal mine and rail project, and associated infrastructure, is subject to full and proper impact assessment.
2. Revoke both the “prescribed project” and “critical infrastructure” declarations for the Adani Combined Project - to prevent the Coordinator-General from utilising his powers to interfere with and take over the Project’s assessment and to remove powers of public and Court scrutiny.
3. Revoke the amendments recently passed which exempt Adani from being subject to proper public notification and Court scrutiny of their potential groundwater impacts.