No matter what you think of the merits of digging a massive new coal mine in the centre of Queensland, there’s one thing we must not forget about Adani’s proposed Carmichael coal mine in the election wash-up. It is a high-risk project proposed by a company which has failed to follow the law on numerous occasions and they have never been subjected to a proper background check for their Queensland approvals.
As reported on Friday, CFMMEU Queensland construction division state secretary Michael Ravbar has warned Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk that Queenslanders “risk being taken for a ride by a shonky multinational with a chequered corporate history”. His concerns are well-founded.
Last Friday, Palaszczuk announced a fast-tracked timeline for Adani, saying the two final approvals under Queensland law that Adani will need (along with two final approvals under federal law), before it can start significant construction at the mine site, should be resolved within a few weeks. The Premier described those laws as “strict”. This claim is simply incorrect, especially when it comes to the Adani Group being held accountable for its terrible track record through a proper background check.
There’s a reason we have background checks in the law. It’s to manage risk and protect us all. When we entrust someone with a licence to do something that involves a real risk of harm to people, we put them through a background check. Your family doctor, your kid’s school teacher, the pilot flying the plane you took on your last big family holiday – they’ve all been through a background check.