Adani: Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s extraordinary U-turn
Yesterday Ms Palaszczuk called for an end to the ‘frustration’ by the end of this week. ‘I am expecting a definite time frame (for approval) by Friday’, Ms Palaszczuk said. ‘I’m asking for the two parties, Adani and the independent regulator (the Environment Department), to sit down with the state’s Co-ordinator-General’. ‘I sense the frustration of the community. I am frustrated. I think everyone has had a gutful, quite frankly’, the Premier added. ‘I think that everyone was hoping that it would have hping that it would have happened, and frankly, it hasn’t. And I’m as disappointed as everyone else’.
The Queensland Labor leader had previously vetoed government loans for the mine and sat on environmental assessments of the site after the federal Coalition attempted to push them through.
Matt Canavan described the turn of events as something out of a Monty Python film.
‘If the Premier says today she’s fed up with the lack of progress on Adani, the Premier needs to answer how long has she been fed up with her own government and why hasn’t she done something about it before today’.
Queensland Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington added … ‘people said … on the weekend … they were against a high-taxing government and a government that has stopped listening to the people of Queensland’.