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Great Barrier Reef pitted against coal jobs in Australia vote

Fate of Adani Group's $12.4-billion mine hinges on Queensland elections

Jason Scott & Perry Williams | Bloomberg 

The fate of Adani Group’s A$16.5-billion ($12.4-billion) Australian coal mine hinges on weekend elections in Queensland state, as voters weigh the promise of new jobs against a potential environmental threat to the Great Barrier Reef. The Labor government has vowed to reject A$900 million in federal funding for a new rail link, which is needed to carry coal to the coast for export. The Opposition Liberal National Party, vying to win office in Saturday’s ballot, says that threatens the viability of Indian billionaire Gautam Adani’s project, and with it the ...

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First Published: Thu, November 23 2017. 01:27 IST
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