Call for plebiscite on Climate Change

Following the Australian Government’s decision to approve the groundwater management plans for the controversial Adani Coal Mine, Independent Candidate for New England Adam Blakester is calling for a plebiscite on climate change.

10 April 2019

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Adani is not just about selling Australia’s water, it’s selling our democracy

Following the Australian Government’s decision to approve the groundwater management plans for the controversial Adani Coal Mine, Independent Candidate for New England Adam Blakester is calling for a plebiscite on climate change.

“The Federal Government can hide behind their state counterparts in Queensland who will give the final seal of approval, but it does not hide the fact that pushing this project through the system before caretaker mode is politically motivated.

“This is not just about selling Australia’s water, it is acting against the wishes of the Australian people and is selling out our democracy” said Mr Blakester.

 “Minister Price’s claims that her decision ensures “robust environmental protection while balancing the needs of Australia’s economy” and that the Adani project “has been subject to the most rigorous approval process of any mining project in Australia, couldn’t be further from the truth”.

“The impacts of climate change and degraded water are already costing the economy far more than the purported financial benefits of this project. It is truly abhorrent that the Minister and Government can make such claims at a time when the Murray Darling Basin and Great Barrier Reef are on their knees.

“The majority of Australians do not want Adani to proceed,” Mr Blakester said. “Likewise, the majority of people in the New England electorate do not want the Shenhua Watermark project to proceed.

“It’s time our Government addressed climate change rather than approving the Adani or Shenhua coal mines, and it’s time to start looking at clean energy technologies.

“Australians have suffered more than forty years of failed leadership on climate change, mining and energy. It’s time to let this ancient fossil fuel energy system retire in the back paddock.

“Now is the time to prioritise our water, farmland and environment and act in the interests of our children and generations to come.

“I’m am calling on the Australian Parliament to hold a plebiscite on these critical issues as part of the upcoming federal election. This will allow the Australian people a direct vote to require the Australian Parliament to create legislation to address climate change, implement the Paris Climate Change Accord and prevent the approval of any new or expanded thermal coal mining – including Adani’s Carmichael Coal Mine.

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