Hartsuyker began by declaring himself "a strong supporter" of the massive Adani Carmichael coal mine, stating he had no issue with $1billion of public money subsidising the project. Curiously, he also stated support for the Paris climate agreement and he saw no conflict between burning Adani's coal and limiting global warming to below 1.5 or 2degrees. He was equipped with his party's "briefing notes" which enabled him to repeat irrelevant arguments about how Adani's coal is cleaner than Indian coal [not as clean as solar, though!] and something about jobs [not as many as the Reef creates, though!] and strict environmental guidelines [unless those guidelines include NOT BURNING THE COAL, they're not strict enough!]. He repeatedly made false claims about the cost and unreliability of renewable energy - despite being presented with research and evidence to prove otherwise.
Hartsuyker was unconcerned by clear polls showing over 93% of Australians oppose public funding for coal projects and 96% of Australians want renewable energy to be our primary energy source. He also lacked any concern for the future of the Great Barrier Reef or the impact of rising seas on our special part of the coast, claiming his Government's weak targets and actions were sufficient.
This is not good enough for us. This issue is serious and will not go away.
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