Bill Shorten says toxic Adani mine could be blocked by future Labor government

January 30, 2017: Federal Labor leader, Bill Shorten, has effectively committed to stopping the Adani mine if his party wins the next election.

The opposition leader today declared during his National Press Club address that there was “legitimate concern” about the controversial project and that “if it doesn’t stack up economically and environmentally, it won’t get our support”.

“If there was ever a project that failed to stack up both environmentally and economically it’s the Adani Carmichael mega-mine,” Greenpeace Australia Pacific Climate and Energy Campaigner, Nikola Casule, said.

“It’s encouraging to see Bill Shorten publically recognise the harm this mine will do to the climate, Great Barrier Reef, and Australia’s economy.

“Poll after poll shows Australians don’t want this toxic and damaging mine. It’s time the ALP did the right thing and opposed the project outright.”

Greenpeace Australia Pacific is calling for a promise that any future ALP government will revoke Adani’s mining license for the Carmichael project.

“The people of Australia don’t want this mine, the Wangan and Jagalingou traditional owners whose land the mine is on have said they don’t want it, and the world’s major banks don’t want anything to do with this mine,” Casule said.

“Bill Shorten must commit to revoking Adani’s mining license for the Galilee Basin and ending this toxic project once and for all.”

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Greenpeace Australia Pacific Senior Media Campaigner

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