Nationwide protests against Adani coal mine in Australia

Published: Dec 9, 2018, 10:06 am IST

(UNI) Thousands of people have protested Indian mining giant Adani’s plans to dig a new thermal coal mine in Queensland and have called on state and federal governments as well as the federal opposition to stop it going ahead. On Saturday, protesters marched the streets in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Cairns just a week after upwards of 15,000 school students demonstrated against government inaction on climate change, said an SBS News report.It follows the announcement last month by Adani it would self-fund the controversial project after scaling back its size and scope.

The coal project is being downsized from a 60-million-tonnes a year, $16.5 billion mega-mine to a more manageable 10-to-15 million tonnes a year costing around $2 billion.

“No longer will we sit back and be lectured to by people who are outdated and out of touch,” Thomas Cullen told hundreds of protesters gathered in Brisbane on Saturday.

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