- Radio host Alan Jones has fronted a television ad against a controversial mine
- The mine being built by Adani in Galilee Basin, Queensland will cost $16.5 billion
- Indian company Adani has asked the Australian government to help pay for it
- Jones is the face of the campaign called Lock the Gate which is against the mine
Radio host Alan Jones has lashed out an Indian company over a controversial planned $16.5 billion coal mine in Queensland.
Jones, a conservative radio host on 2GB, has emerged as the face of a new campaign called ‘Lock the Gate’, with the aim of stopping taxpayer money being used to help fund Adani’s mega mine in Galilee Basin, according to news.com.au.
In a television advertisement Mr Jones says taxpayers shouldn’t contribute to the Indian company’s mine construction.
Radio host Alan Jones has appeared in a television advertisement opposed to a new mine
Protesters demonstrate against Adani, which is planning to build a mega mine in Queensland
‘How is that Australian governments are committed to Adani when no bank in the world will lend them money?’
The 76-year-old says the owners of the mine have been accused of transferring tax to the Cayman Islands, and have family members in court in India.
‘Well I’m saying to Adani and the governments of Australia, if you think we are that stupid, you need to think again.’
The television ads come after Adani announced it will break ground on its Carmichael coal mine in Queensland next month.
The ‘Lock the Gate Alliance’ has brought together farmers, traditional owners and conservationists concerned about the impacts of mining.
Mr Jones has been a strong critic of the Adani mine, and the ad featuring him will be aired on Sky TV.
Alan Jones is strongly opposed to the mine and has appeared as the face of ‘Lock the Gate’
The Stop Adani group has planned a national day of action to be held in October
The proposed mine would stretch across 280 sq km. Adani is trying to get a $1 million loan from the government to help build it.
The Stop Adani group has planned a national day of action against the mine project to be held on October 7.