Scummo approves Adani

Lol, he’s in control, not, via Domain:

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has slapped down internal Coalition critics who are demanding swift approval for the Adani coalmine, insisting the government will follow “expert scientific advice” on an imminent environmental decision.

Mr Morrison rebuked “senators listening to themselves” on the coal project after Queensland Liberal senator James McGrath put pressure on Environment Minister Melissa Price to issue the approval.

“When it comes to making these decisions, they’ll be made by ministers listening to scientists not senators listening to themselves,” Mr Morrison told reporters while campaigning in the seat of Dobell on the NSW central coast.

Except, at the AFR:

The Morrison government has moved to end a damaging split over the Adani coal mine and granted the controversial project its final Commonwealth environmental approval.

The mine still needs approvals by the Queensland Labor government before it goes ahead.

After days of threats and protest by Queensland Coalition MPs, federal Environment Minister Melissa Price announced on Tuesday the final approval relating to the mine’s impact on groundwater.

Goodbye Kooyong, Warringah, Wentworth, etc, etc…

David Llewellyn-Smith

David Llewellyn-Smith is Chief Strategist at the MB Fund and MB Super. David is the founding publisher and editor of MacroBusiness and was the founding publisher and global economy editor of The Diplomat, the Asia Pacific’s leading geo-politics and economics portal.

He is also a former gold trader and economic commentator at The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, the ABC and Business Spectator. He is the co-author of The Great Crash of 2008 with Ross Garnaut and was the editor of the second Garnaut Climate Change Review.

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  1. BradleyMEMBER

    A few months back I thought they were deliberately trying to lose and hand Labor the coming recession. Then they seemed to fight and I changed my mind. With this decision, it seems my first thoughts were spot on and the LNP really want to lose. I am hitting the road and the streets to join in the mutual hatred of the worst government/political party in Australia since I have been paying attention. https://www.bobbrown.org.au/stopadaniconvoy
    Having no debt means I can and will be an activist at the drop of a hat.

    • HadronCollision

      Maybe. Maybe not.
      Perhaps the LNP think they *can* win and they honestly think the broader public want this?

      Old mate Joshencoal doesn’t though, he knows what it means (apparently)

      Then again I am so suspicious of this seemingly inevitable Labor win I am second guessing everything
      WILL this be the end of Kooyong, Warringah et al? Do the undecideds really care that much (if their 16 year olds could vote and I wish they could then I would say yes)?

      • bolstroodMEMBER

        I am harbouring a thought that Scummy is going to call a double disolousion election in the hope that a lot of RWNJ minors get elected in the Senate and make governing very difficult or impossible.

    • No debt is great however be very careful if you have assets- the ‘attack dog’ legal grubs that Adani uses will attempt to grind opponents out and bankrupt them via the courts.

      • BradleyMEMBER

        I figured out quite a while back that being a debt slave made you a slave in many other ways. I remember calling out a senior manager as a liar ( which he had been) in front of the rest of the staff. He went red faced and soon after said I was going to be counselled. By him! I couple of letters and witness statements saw the action against me dropped and a half arsed apology made. I couldn’t care if he sacked me just as I don’t fear Adani lawyers. Mind you, I know how not to get arrested after quite a few actions. Plenty of young people seemingly regard it as a badge of honour, which it sort of is in this case. However, I didn’t like being fed Maccas in the lock up in the past so it’s not for me anymore. I just really enjoy the chanting and being part of a mob with a good cause at its centre.

    • BubbleyMEMBER

      Do it Bradley. If you can afford to fight the good fight, get out there and show people positive change rather than the politics of fear.

      • BradleyMEMBER

        Thanks. By now living in the northern rivers and living within my means I can afford to do almost anything. However ethics stop me from doing some so called “popular” things like going to Bali or getting an IP. I don’t even fear the coming recession and by being positive in my messaging, I can look my kids in the face and tell them I did my best.

      • HadronCollision

        Wow there are quite a few of us in the northern rivers – where roughly are you Bradley ?

  2. Australia has cemented itself as a second-rate kleptocracy. These sociopaths care not for their constituents, nor their own political parties, not their colleagues. Just themselves.

    This seems very similar to the East West Link debacle in Victoria a few years back. Terrible investments, with horrible contracts, signed at the 11th hour on their way out the door. I wonder what boobytraps are in the signed documents (if we ever get to see them)? The incoming government should hold its nerve and undo this decision – and this time, take it to the High Court so the taxpayer doesnt foot the bill.

    No doubt this government has lined up cushy jobs with Adani and co in the aftermath of their political careers being destroyed. When can we start calling these people out as the treasonous cretins that they are?

  3. BubbleyMEMBER

    The Adani mine is so wrong on so many levels.

    I know a lot of Liberal voters who have had the worst weather year in their lives in 2018/19 and have gone from being climate change sceptics to confirmed believers.

    Many of them have been wavering but I think this well send them over from blue team to red team.

    • Lenny Hayes for PMMEMBER

      Will it also mean they will invest in solar panels, batteries and EV’s themselves and go 100% non-coal and oil ?!.

      Climate change is real but I think there is a nice dollop of hypocrisy in some of what is being done and said in Australia.

    • You don’t even need to be anti-coal to be anti-Adani. They are not the sort of company you invite into your country to work on top of the Basin, next to the Barrier Reef.

  4. reusachtigeMEMBER

    This is the right decision as Australia has a competitive advantage in coal and should therefore exploit it to the fullest to achieve maximum profits!

  5. Treehuggers like myself did not think Hinkley Point C will go ahead but it is under construction!

    Goodness knows what the price of electricity will be from that nuclear reactor.

    Shows how out of touch RenewEconomy and CleanTechnica are.

  6. The Adani topic, like the responsible immigration intake, is one of those rare topics that Labour and Liberal voters actual can agree upon but their respective MP’s just don’t see it or get it. Morrison just lost a lot of votes with this call and Palaszczuk will lose a lot as well. Run your campaign on stop adani and reduce immigration alone( and nothing else) and you just won yourself the election

    • BradleyMEMBER

      Exactly. Sustainable Australia should really run with those two issues and they will cut through, hopefully getting a Senator in the process.

    • BubbleyMEMBER

      Yet the QLD government keeps talking about how many “jobs” it will create.

      About 1200, but 52,000 are employed in the tourism industry. How many jobs will be lost in QLD when the reef dies?

      And we are letting it happen under our watch.

  7. it’s just the demonisation of greenies today. Vegans yesterday – soon these’ll be banned, underground organisations.
    They’re not even pretending not to be fascists anymore…

    • Probably. Nobody would dare kiss any higher, lest they awaken the sleeping volcano. Last time that erupted in ‘97 – it was a torrent of mud and toxic gas, which nearly took out Engeldine…