Adani Welcomes Federal Court Rulings Against ACF and Adrian Burragubba

Adani today welcomed two Federal Court rulings that further reinforce the company’s legal right to develop its Carmichael thermal coal resource.

The decisions today are the second and third judicial decisions this week dismissing claims brought by a combination of the dissenting minority of the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) People and activist groups.

“This is the third time this week that these parties have failed in their appeals against earlier court dismissals.

“Each of these appeals simply tried to delay a project that will create 10,000 direct and indirect jobs, including a minimum 7.5 per cent of jobs going to Traditional Land Owners covering the planned rail route of almost 400km long strip from Abbot Point to central western Queensland,” said Adani Australia CEO and Head of Country, Jeyakumar Janakaraj.

“The project will also inject $22 billion in royalties and charges into the State coffers to be reinvested back into the broader community.”

In one decision today, the Federal Court dismissed an appeal by Australian Conservation Foundation against an earlier Federal Court ruling that upheld the Federal Environment Minister granting an approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act.

In the second decision, the Federal Court dismissed an appeal by the appellant, Adrian Burragubba, against an earlier Federal Court ruling that supported legal processes used by the National Native Title Tribunal.

Mr Burragubba was also involved in an action dismissed earlier this week by the Queensland Court of Appeal relating to the granting of a Mining Lease covering the Carmichael resource.

“Mr Burragubba suggests he is acting on behalf of the W&J community, but the W &J people voted by 294–1 to support an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Adani.

“So not only have the courts again clearly rejected his appeals, but an overwhelming majority of the W&J people also has a different view to Mr Burragubba and are seeking to realise the economic benefits of the projects for their people,” said Mr Janakaraj said.

Adani will be seeking costs in all actions this week.

SOURCE - Adani Australia

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