Environmental lawyers have asked Australia’s consumer watchdog to investigate Adani’s claims that its controversial Queensland coal mine will create a jobs bonanza.
Environmental Justice Australia this week wrote to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission asking it to investigate what it says is ‘misleading or deceptive conduct’ by the company relating to the Carmichael mine in the Galilee Basin.
‘Plenty of evidence suggests Adani’s representations about 10,000 direct and indirect jobs are seriously flawed, yet the company continues to mislead people looking for work,’ said EJA lawyer David Barnden, who said the Queensland Land Court had already ruled the mine would create just 1,464 jobs.
The future of the mine has suffered a number of setbacks this week with project funding from China looking increasingly unlikely.
The Bank of China on Tuesday issued a one-line press release saying it ‘has not, and does not intend to, provide funding for the Adani Carmichael Mine project’.
It is the third of the country’s ‘big four’ banks to distance itself from the mine, following The Industrial & Commercial Bank of China and China Construction Bank’s decision not to stump up cash.
Australia’s own ‘big four’ banks have already ruled out supporting the project.
The Greens say it signals the end of the mine.
‘Any financier with any sense doesn’t want Adani,’ Greens senator Andrew Bartlett told reporters in Canberra on Monday.
‘It’s time for Adani to give it up, save their money and for the politicians of Queensland to focus on the issues that will deliver genuine jobs for regional Queensland.’