Treasurer Josh Frydenberg was forced to defend the Coalition’s policy on the Adani coal mine at a forum attended by hundreds of people who peppered six candidates running in the seat of Kooyong with questions about climate change.
The candidates – Mr Frydenberg, Labor’s Jana Stewart, the Greens’ Julian Burnside, and independents Oliver Yates, Bill Chandler and Angelina Zubac – took questions from 600 attendees, many of them about the controversial coal mine which has emerged as a key issue in the blue ribbon Melbourne seat.
Speaking at the forum hosted by the local environment group Lighter Footprints, Mr Frydenberg said the Adani project still had to pass nine more approvals, including “the most fundamental one” with the Queensland Labor government.
“[Adani] has been subject to more conditions and more scrutiny than any other mine. It’s about half the size of what was previously put forward. Australia has a major resource sector – we have both coal, iron ore and other resources,” Mr Frydenberg told the forum.