A national day of action is taking place against the proposed $900 million government loan to Adani for its $5 billion Carmichael mine and 388-kilometre rail line.
More than 40 events are being held across the country today from places as well known as Bondi to places as small as Congo on the NSW South Coast to protest again the loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF).
The events are being organised by the Stop Adani movement.
You can follow all the action from the events here:
Chief executive Blair Palese said while the Queensland and federal governments remained staunch supporters of the mine project, the Australian public was angry and thousands were expected to turn out for the day of action events.
“The public is angry that a $1 billion of public money will be given to Adani for a mine which will wreck the climate and the (Great Barrier) Reef,” Ms Palese said.
“Australians are ready to demand climate change action and today thousands of us have stepped up to spell out what our governments need to do: StopAdani.
“The Australian public has had enough of inaction on climate change and political support for fossil fuel companies, rather than our future.”
Australian Youth Climate Coalition national director Gemma Borgo-Caratti is supporting the day of action and said Adani’s coal mine posed an unacceptable threat to the future.
“We will make sure Adani’s mine gets no money and that this dirty coal stays in the ground.
“Young people know that it’s time to upgrade to 100 per cent renewable energy, and are demanding that our politicians stop getting in the way of that vision,” Ms Borgo-Caratti said.
Meanwhile, Nationals senator for Queensland Matthew Canavan said more than 2000 jobs would be created in North Queensland on the back of the mine.
Rockhampton and Townsville have been chosen as the fly-in, fly-out hubs for the Carmichael Mine.
“This is exactly the medicine that North Queensland needs after a tough few years of job losses, rising unemployment and a tough economy,” Mr Canavan said.
“These jobs won’t just create work for those in the mining sector. 2000 jobs means 2000 families can stay in the north, and will need 2000 homes to live, their children will need schools to learn in and they will shop at local stores.
“This decision means many more thousands of jobs for all North Queenslanders whether you work behind a checkout, in an office or at a hospital.”