Menu lock

Queensland

Jun 7, 2017

Poll Bludger: why Qld Labor backed Adani’s coal mine despite voter backlash

Adani's wildly controversial $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine project in central Queensland is the latest in a long line of issues putting Labor at risk of dividing two key supporter bases.

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.

We recommend

From around the web

Powered by Taboola

10 comments

Leave a comment

10 thoughts on “Poll Bludger: why Qld Labor backed Adani’s coal mine despite voter backlash

  1. Charlie Chaplin

    “With respect to the Adani project, it’s fascinating to think how different the government’s calculations might be if the independent crossbenchers had taken a more principled stand in the face of Labor’s cynical efforts to manipulate the electoral rules.” It is, isn’t it?

    I also wonder what would happen if the fact that only 1460 jobs will be created at the cost to the taxpayer of $900, 000 per job was widely known? But no. We keep it simple. It’s jobs or the Reef. The bush against big city greenies. Nothing in between. Sickening.

    1. John Newton

      Thanks for those stats CC

  2. zut alors

    The deputy Premier, Jackie Trad, holds the inner-city electorate of South Brisbane. However, she has always relied on Greens preferences, as did her predecessor, Anna Bligh. At the last Brisbane City Council election many voters in Trad’s suburbs elected the first ever Greens councillor, Jonathan Sri.

    Hence Jackie Trad may be under pressure to retain the state seat as the Greens vote is robust – city folk aren’t as easily conned as regional voters by the pure fantasy of 10,000 jobs

  3. klewso

    Think of all those jobs – in manufacturing automated/robotic mining equipment.
    Do they already have a commitment from the government(s), for we tax-payers to backfill that black-hole of funding – that banks won’t touch, for commercial reasons?

    It’s a lot to pay – to become the Opposition?
    “No Adani” – Where do Informal preferences go?

    1. zut alors

      19 banks have knocked it back, could they possibly know something we don’t. Certainly.

      Adani must be in shock & disbelief how our naive politicians have been stitched up so effortlessly. The Qld government & Turnbull’s LNP are so thick, Adani could’ve done this deal blindfolded with hands tied.

      1. Bill Hilliger

        Why Qld Labor backed Adani’s coal mine despite voter backlash, …they want to lose the next election.

      2. klewso

        Packer might have had Bond – but Adani’s got the double, Turbott’s Coal-ition all up Palaszczuk.

        1. klewso

          “You only get one Malcolm/Palaszczuk in your lifetime, and I’ve got mine”, so to speak?

  4. gerald butler

    Palaszczuk couldn’t wipe the smile off her dial, she said, when that spiv Adani was in Queensland. I hope she realises the opposition to this awful deal is still only warming up. She has no principals at all and tens of thousands of us will not forget.