Labor steps back from support for Adani

Labor has backed away from supporting Adani’s proposed Carmichael coalmine. Previously, Labor leader Bill Shorten said he supported the project “so long as it stacks up”.

But on May 1, Labor’s energy and environment spokesperson Mark Butler warned it could hurt other coalmining areas. “It will simply displace existing coal operations elsewhere in Australia,” he told ABC News. “There will be jobs lost elsewhere in Queensland or there will be jobs lost in the Hunter Valley.

“The demand for thermal coal exports around the world is in rapid decline. I think instead we should be thinking about other economic development and job opportunities for North Queensland.”

He said the Carmichael project would need a “miracle” to proceed.

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