What’s the real cost of the Adani Carmichael coal mine?

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Image: 'Traditional Land Owners Ken Dodd and Aunty Carol, locked-out of the QLD Government Press Conference in Townsville' supplied

Townsville has been announced as the new headquarters of the $22 billion Charmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin.

While the coal mining giant has agreed not to use foreign workers on 457 visas, there are claims many of the jobs will be automated through technologies like driverless trucks.

The controversial project, which involves dredging the Great Barrier Reef, faces a number of hurdles, like three legal challenges and finding commercial investment.

Queensland politicians are pointing to the economic benefits the mine will bring, but what about the greater environmental cost?

 

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Tuesday, December 6 2016
Produced By Emma Rapaport
Featured in storyGavan McFadzean, spokesperson, Australian Conservation FoundationMurrawah Johnson, young Aboriginal woman, Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Family CouncilRod Campbell, Director of Research, The Australia Institute
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