Hundreds of people rallied in Melbourne on Monday against the Adani group’s plan to dig a massive coalmine in Queensland province and government’s plan to grand $1 billion loan to Adani for a rail line.
The protestors depicted Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as a puppet controlled by Indian mining giant Gautam Adani.
The rally was organised outside the Commonwealth Offices in Melbourne by many including “Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), Australian Youth Climate Coalition and 350.org.
This coal mine would be a global climate catastrophe. It is dangerous to our planet and the people and places we love. Australians don’t want this mine, we want our reef and a clean, safe future,” ACF campaign director Dr Paul Sinclair said.
Adani andTurnbill were expected to meet at the Commonwealth offices at Treasury Place, Melbourne.
Multiple media reports confirmed Australian government’s plan to lend $1 billion towards the construction of a 310 km rail line from Galilee Basin coalmine to the port.
However, Northern Australia minister Matt Caravan said the progress on the mine was good news for Australia. “We have some of the highest-quality coal in the world, so providing India with its energy needs from Australian coal is good for the environment because it burns at a higher rate and produces less emissions per kilowatt hour produced,” he said.
A recent essential poll on the controversial project said that 62 percent of the Australians think the proposed Adani mine is a treat to the Reef and shouldn’t go ahead.