Carmichael coal mine

Adani's wildly controversial $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine project in central Queensland is the latest in a long line of issues that places Labor on the horns of a dilemma between its metropolitan progressive and working-class support bases.

Both sides of politics were represented at yesterday's "official start" announcement in Townsville, but whereas federal Resources Minister Matt Canavan was clearly in his element talking up the project’s importance to the state's economic future, the similar homilies expressed by Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk rang hollow.