Australian PM calls for end to ‘sabotage’ of mining projects


SYDNEY: Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has warned against the use of courts to “sabotage” developments, after approval for a massive India-backed coal mine was revoked on a legal challenge. The Federal Court this week set aside approval for Adani’s A$16.5 billion (US$12.2 billion) Carmichael coal mine in Queensland state, a project which critics argue risks impacting the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef. “If a vital national project can be endlessly delayed, if the courts can be turned into a means of sabotaging projects which are striving to meet the highest environmental standards, then we have a real problem as a nation,” he told The Australian in comments published Friday. “We can’t become a nation of naysayers; we have to remain a nation that gives people a fair go if they play by the rules.”



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