Adani Coal Mine

Because Adani's Carmichael coal mine project is primarily seen as an issue about coal, climate inaction and the death of the Great Barrier Reef, the extraordinary nature of what governments are doing to encourage the project has received less attention than it should have.

It's barely three years since the Abbott government virtually chased General Motors and Toyota out of Australia, because the age of entitlement was over. According to the Productivity Commission, we spent around $2 billion a year in tariffs and direct assistance supporting an industry that, in its last years, was employing around 40-50,000 people but which a few years earlier had employed up to 80,000.