IN A MAJOR step forward for infrastructure development in Queensland and also Australia — with major prospects for India’s advancement from being a Third World country — the final major government approval for the massive $22bn Carmichael coal project in Queensland’s Galilee Basin has been announced.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull met with Adani group chairman, Gautam Adani, in Melbourne this morning, and tomorrow will meet with Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk in Townsville.
The Indian corporate giant is widely expected to announce that Townsville will be home to its project headquarters.
This morning, Queensland state development minister, Anthony Lynham, confirmed the Coordinator-General, Barry Broe, had approved an application for the project’s 31.5km permanent rail line into Abbot Point port.
Mr Broe has also approved a temporary construction workers’ camp, with 300 beds.
Dr Lynham said this is another key milestone for the project, which Adani has confirmed it will start construction on next year.
Yet, in The Age (Melbourne’s version of Pravda) today, the Australian Conservation Council has taken-out a full page advertisement — advertising costs suggest well in advance of $20,000 — to condemn Mr Adani, PM Turnbull and Queensland Premier Palaszczuk for wanting to “dig one of the world’s biggest polluting coal mines.”
The part that sticks in my craw is the line: “Australians don’t want Adani’s mine.”
Since when do these pompous, unelected clowns from the Australian Conservation Foundation speak for me?
And there are many others just like me.
Here’s how I see the benefits from the Adani-owned Carmichael Mine:
- An enormous number of jobs will be created — and many towns will benefit if fly-in fly-out is eschewed in favour of encouraging workers and their families to decentralise the state;
- Queensland will prosper through the royalties and taxes that will be generated;
- Premier Palaszczuk and her government (and future governments) may have extra funds that can — perhaps — go to building further infrastructure across the state instead of pork-barrelling the south-east corner;
- Perhaps new dams will be built that will further advance agriculture and the communities that benefit from farming;
- Perhaps royalties for the regions could be the mantra for those fair dinkum parties at the next election;
- There will be a flow-on affect across the nation;
- And above all, billions of Indians — especially the peasants to the middle class, plus its manufacturing industries — will experience what those high-flyers of the Australian Conservation Foundation already have at their fingertips — constant reliable power.
Yet, these are the same people who want to take our power generation backwards while they experiment with renewable energy. What can’t they wait until it has proven benefit.
Those who are incensed with the statements made by a few for and on behalf of the entire nation should google the Australian Conservation Foundation.
You will find they are all extremely rich. These are the people who will never have to worry about where the money will come from to pay their next exhorbitant electricity bill.
These are the people who consume electricity every minute of the day: Lifts in high rise buildings, and the air-conditioning to make them comfortable; electricity and energy to power them through the day, especially for their servants to have their homes air-conditioned and well lit when they return; electricity in the restaurants that they no doubt can frequently afford; let alone the electricity that runs the airports that they float through on frequent occasions, though privileged enough to not have to mingle with the plebs who have to skimp and save before they even consider booking cattle class travel.
Of course, our governments could consider nuclear energy, but that is off the table because there are those in high places who fear for their highly-paid positions if they promote it.
We only have to look at the mendicant states:
It’s not that long ago that Tasmania was without power when two lakes ran low after two years of drought, yet they kept supplying power to the mainland at exhorbitant rates, but, as the rumour has it, pushed it too hard and burnt-out the cable. Then the extra money they had made was spent bringing generators from the mainland that consumed a third of the island states diesel reserves every day.
Then there’s South Australia, the state that the rest of Australia has to carry because they too are obsessed with renewable power — and when storms flattened the power lines, they were in the dark. This is the state that is eating our taxes to keep a couple of politicians on easy street using the pretence that they are going to build submarines.
As for those high flyers in the Australian Conservation Foundation, they should move from their ivory towers and start living like the ordinary people. Perhaps they could learn to light a fire, cook their own food and understand what it costs the ordinary people to live.
These are the same people who can’t understand why the ordinary voters are fed-up.