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Anti-Adani protests in Sydney, Brisbane: Coalmine contractors face 'reputational' risk

By Our Representative
Reports from Australia say, big crowds rallied outside Pacific National and Aurizon’s head offices in Brisbane and Sydney, respectively on December 9, delivering huge piles of coal, singing coal-themed Christmas carols and calling on the rail freight companies to rule out hauling coal for the powerful Indian tycoon Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine.
South Asia Times, a Melbourne-based news portal, quoted Queensland spokesperson, Dermot Dorgan, for the #StopAdani protest organised by the non-profit The Gap to say that any association with the Carmichael mine should be a "reputational risk and that hauling coal for Adani would be a climate train wreck." He added, “With Genesee and Wyoming recently ruling out hauling Adani’s coal, two companies remain, Aurizon and Pacific National."
“More than 60 major companies globally have already said no to supporting Adani’s project because of climate impacts and the associated business risks. We’re urging Aurizon and Pacific National to do the same,” Dorgan claimed.
Sydney spokesperson Vicky Tzioumis for the #StopAdani North Sydney said, “Adani’s mine, rail, and the port project is a risky financial bet. Adani has shortchanged major engineering companies for tens of millions of dollars and experts say Adani is a corporate collapse waiting to happen”.
“Australia is already grappling with early bushfires and devastating droughts. Burning coal is the biggest driver of climate change. Aurizon and Pacific National must stand on the right side of history and rule out hauling Adani’s coal,” Tzioumis added.

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