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The Stop Adani convoy – what really happened in north Queensland

Stop Adani Convoy
Bob Brown addressing the media. Photo: Mick Daley

OPINION: Bob Brown’s “Stop Adani” convoy has raised hackles across Queensland and the broader political landscape, as it was intended to do. In the lead-up to the Federal election, it’s been an effective litmus test of the state’s volatility, right wing politics emerging as the primary battleground, with Hansen, Palmer and Morrison seeking to outdo each other in extremist positioning, while Shorten limps along behind.


I joined the convoy on 20 April, at Mullumbimby in northern NSW. It had left Hobart on the 17th, progressing through Melbourne and Sydney without undue incident, gathering momentum and numbers to around 200 cars and motorbikes, spearheaded by five electric vehicles.

In Mullumbimby, an estimated 5000 people rallied at the Showgrounds. The Northern Rivers is distinguished for citizen activism, notably the coal seam gas showdown in Bentley, near Lismore, that kicked out speculative gas miner Metgasco in 2014.

So while Lismore’s Murdoch-owned newspaper delivered a column from Sky News commentator Paul Murray headed “Say No to Bob Brown’s smug anti-Adani convoy”, the euphoric crowds in Mullum gave him a hero’s welcome.

In Queensland things began to take a darker turn. With the Courier Mail giving voice to pro-mining sentiments uttered by the likes of MPs Hanson, Christensen, and Entsch and so on, a number of specific threats had been made to the Bob Brown Foundation’s Facebook account.

Queensland police were taking them seriously, shadowing it with undercover operatives and a constant uniformed presence.

At Brisbane’s event another 5000 enthusiastic punters gathered in Queen’s Park, before marching to Adani’s headquarters with a heavy police guard. Some entertaining street theatre ensued, bobble-headed Shorten and Morrison mannequins contending for a lump of coal before Shorten was irretrievably snagged on a cartoon fence and a mob of flash dancers emerged to shoo them away.

In a lively speech peppered with some endearingly daggy zingers, Brown called the Courier Mail to account for its inflammatory coverage of the convoy and repudiated its accusation of carbon hypocrisy, observing that the convoy’s emissions would constitute less than three days of those disgorged by the proposed 60-year Carmichael coal mine.

Brown singled out a Courier Mail story quoting a defamatory remark against miners on the Stop Adani Facebook page, made by an individual under a false name. He declared this was not made by a supporter, but rather a detractor seeking to create trouble.

“What [the Courier-Mail] has done today is to use those despicable comments and try to tar everyone else with them. That’s the lowest form of journalism.

“Those comments have no place in civil debate, and they have no place being used to stir up, no doubt, malevolence down the line. And I hold the Murdoch media responsible for that, if it happens.”

As the convoy crew proceeded deeper into Queensland, all anecdotal evidence was that their black and red Stop Adani t-shirts, stickers and flags were eliciting occasional enthusiastic welcomes, but more commonly outright hostility.

Entering the coal belt proper in Rockhampton, I experienced my first personal rebuff, being given the extended middle finger in the f#*% you configuration, by a passing carload of boofy young blokes.

Rockhampton has been a historic bete noire for me – as a young hitchhiker on uni holidays I was screamed at for not having a job – in later years as a travelling musician I met a man who professed to have never heard of the Rolling Stones.

East of Rockhampton, in the coastal village of Emu Park the 600-strong convoy and supporters encountered determined opposition.

A CFMEU-sponsored Start Adani counter-protest began at the entrance to a park where the Bob Brown Foundation had organised a rally and lantern parade.

Police were conspicuous as the 100-odd pro-mining crowd, bearing placards and signage in mockery of the environmentalist’s, worked themselves into a state. Unable to physically attack these maddeningly peaceful hippies, they contented themselves with extended middle fingers and some quite vile epithets, which, considering the number of children and elderly people on both sides, was an effective passion barometer.

Non-violent direct action

The Bob Brown Foundation had been at pains to impress upon convoy participants that they ought not to respond to foul language or aggression. A central tenet of its non-violent direct action principle, that strategy proved highly effective for him in the Franklin, as it did for Gandhi’s, Nelson Mandela’s and a thousand other successful social movements since.

Brown was a calming and quietly encouraging presence throughout the convoy, happily chatting to his constant nimbus of fanboys and fangirls of all ages, at any time of the day or night. His spiels were consistently measured, authoritative and direct. Like all great performers, he left the convoyers feeling special, touched by the invisible current he’s obviously drawing on.

As Indigenous spokesman Adrian Burragubba declared in Clermont, “He must be a great leader, for all you people to follow him out here into the bush.”

When Brown took the stage at Emu Park, he seemed to draw strength from the hecklers infiltrating his crowd.

Cries of “bullshit”, when he cited rising sea levels and temperatures as evidence of manmade global warming, gave him an entree for a succinct scientific analysis. Though the counter-protestors had clearly come looking for trouble, they faded away after his speech, ceding the ground to an all-singing, all chai-drinking lantern parade that ticked all the boxes in the Kumbaya songbook.

Sources later told me that a person in senior management at the mining company involved had informed him that the counter-protestors had been allegedly given an RDO in order to attend – also that they’d been allegedly hosted to a lunch that day by local Liberal MP Michelle Landry. If that was true these were effectively paid protestors, a sobriquet usually bestowed on environmental activists.

That night a musical shindig was held at the local property where the bulk of the protestors were staying, in an assortment of luxury campers, ancient caravans, tents, swags and station wagons. At around 3am a local activist of some renown, who had been with Brown in the Franklin, was seriously assaulted by two unidentified men. Police were not able to lay charges as the assailants were afterwards not to be found.

The journey north to Airlie Beach was mostly trouble-free, though one convoy participant claimed an irate man pursued him through town screaming abuse, apparently incensed by the Stop Adani signage on his vehicle. During the night, convoy vehicles were vandalised, their stickers and flags stolen.

Locals sympathetic to the cause attributed this to comments made in the Courier Mail by Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch, who rather perversely blamed the convoy for “creating a perception that the reef is in its final death knell. There’s been a drop in (tourism) numbers. It’s been pretty bad. People are cancelling after seeing news that the reef is dead.”

Despite Adani’s repeated pollution breaches and evidence emerging that week in handwritten notes from Geoscience head Dr James Johnson, quoting Adani’s water modelling as being “not fit for purpose” Entsch claimed that the reef was in good health.

“If you want to see a top quality reef come put your head underwater (here), don’t believe the nonsense from the activists,” he said.

The question of ownership is challenging terrain

Next day around 300 people attended a rally at the Whitsundays Sailing Club. Speakers included Brown, activists and a performance by Tasmanian singer Monique Brumby. A verbal altercation between First Nations women of opposing factions, both claiming traditional ownership, spotlit a fractious issue that has been exploited effectively by Adani’s lawyers.

There are three Indigenous Nations on whose traditional lands Adani’s planned operations would impact.

This is difficult terrain to navigate, as there are fierce disputes around which of the contending Traditional Owners (TOs) are entitled to make definitive decisions. Adani have made lavish arrangements and payments to procure the agreements of those claimants their legal team put forward as genuine, against the vehement opposition of others. The TOs opposed to the mine contend that the miners have taken advantage of such disputes to pit rival groups against each other, in a court system that favours litigants with expensive lawyers and exploits the deeply flawed native title system.

Adrian Burragubba of the Wangan and Jagalingou people, TOs of the land around the proposed Carmichael mine, has been personally hit with a $600,000 lawsuit for his role as chief proponent of a strong anti-Adani campaign.

Representatives of the Juru people, indigenous to the land around Adani’s Abbott Point coal export facility, claim all of the company’s cultural heritage surveys were done by impostors, who are not part of their prescribed body corporate.

The convoy’s next stop was Mackay, where the opposition began to really heat up. The Foundation had carefully planned a large rally in close cooperation with the police. So had the Start Adani coalition, which again seemed to consist of an alliance between Unions and right wing politicians.

Their rally, at which vocal coal proponent, Nationals MP George Christensen spoke, was timed to finish earlier than the Foundation’s, so that afterwards their highly vocal crowd could surround the convoy and subject it to a barrage of abuse and invective.

As if in response to Christensen’s invective, the lowering clouds responded with a Biblical downfall during the Foundation’s proceedings, while a chorus of catcalls and abuse continued throughout.

I recorded the following observations from a large gentleman with a sign reading “For the Future of our Region, Go Galilee Basin”, who had interposed himself in front of the podium where Bob Brown addressed the crowd.

Stop Adani convoy

Counter-protestor to “Stop Adani” convoy. Photo: Mick Daley

Preferring to remain anonymous, he assured me that the Foundation was enormously wealthy and influential, part of a dangerous left wing philosophy that is; “happening all around, socialism attacking all societies of a Western denomination.

“There’s lots of vested interest in it, so therefore they’re only looking at certain statistics, certain relevant data, and excluding other information, to the point of them making the situation look that bad.”

“It’s actually a climate change cult and you all are thinking that what you know is the greatest and the best and because you’re the holiest and the know alls and everyone else is out of touch. Of course we’re the filth, we have to be changed and washed to be reborn. It’s the way the cult works.

“Have you spoken to (former James Cook university academic and climate change sceptic) Peter Ridd about it? There’s a couple of fellas around who say that they don’t believe it. It’s incorrect information.”

The gentleman contended that increased carbon emissions have no effect on global warming.

“Of course not, it’s naturally occurring. The plants need it, the trees need it. if you want to do something go and plant trees, go and recycle your rubbish, that’s more a worthwhile project.”

He denied the evidence I cited, that coal production is in decline.

“Year upon year the tonnages are going up for export and here we are, gonna throw all that away, expecting baristas, taxi drivers and hairdressers to prop up the economy?

“You believe that in Melbourne I know, but it doesn’t work. The fact of the matter is the royalties the Queensland government are giving out on coal are phenomenal, yet they won’t push it. That’s hypocrisy and bullshit. What sort of philosophy is stopping them from doing it? Who’s been driving it, what’s been driving it? I’m very suspicious of it. We’ve had climate change for a million years.”

The “drug dealers defence” 

After his public address in the driving rain, Bob Brown countered aggressive questioning from the ABC and commercial news reporters.

“You heard me say we should have should have a just transition,” he said.

“That means not opening Adani, it means transiting across to renewable energy, because a very big part of the resources sector, much bigger than coal in terms of employment is the Great Barrier Reef, perhaps the largest living entity on the planet. I’ve had business people saying ‘we support you, because we want to keep our jobs, we want to keep our businesses and we want to keep the lifestyle, which is so based on a Great Barrier Reef’. There are good alternatives to coal. Thermal coal can be replaced but there is no alternative to the Great Barrier Reef.”

An ABC journalist insisted that Australia would be losing a valuable export market in coal. Having previously called this the “drug dealers defence”, Brown replied;

“Why should we have Venezuela, or Malaysia or Vietnam, or India dictating policy here in Australia? We’re mature enough and we’ve got the good alternatives enough to say, not least from the god given sun, to produce renewable power to make sure our kids are safe into the future.”

Heavy rainfall and police dampening the aggressive behaviour in the streets, the convoy made a meticulously planned departure for the mining town of Clermont, 160km from the proposed mine site.

stop Adani convoy

Photo: Mick Daley

Pre-arranged affinity groups travelled closely together, as we had been warned by police to expect potential trouble and some service stations and shops, particularly in Clermont to refuse service to those suspected of being anti-Adani. Local police had been pulling over vehicles bearing Foundation signage and closely interrogating drivers and passengers, threatening intensive searches for suspected blockading equipment.

Things kept getting uglier

As the convoy arrived in Clermont it was met with a sustained and belligerent reception by a few hundred locals, who had been fired up that morning by addresses from Clive Palmer, Pauline Hanson and Coalition MP Matt Canavan.

Convoy cars were obstructed, struck with fists and stones, the occupants subjected to vigorous and nasty abuse, terrifying several children. One 11 year old remarked to her mother that bullying at school would seem like nothing after that experience.

Bookings were cancelled at a local restaurant after direct threats were made to the proprietor. A local publican had been interviewed in the Mackay newspaper, boasting that he would deny service to any protestors. A large threatening sign on the balcony made his intentions clear as to what would become of anyone foolish enough to test him.

As a result Bob Brown did not take up the accommodation reserved for him in town and instead camped with the rest of the convoy at the Clermont show ground, which was heavily guarded by police.

The Wangan and Jagalingou people had emphasised that the event they were hosting there was not a Stop Adani camp, but rather a Karmoo Dreaming, or water festival. It was intended as an opportunity for southerners to experience their culture and learn about the challenges they’d faced since colonialism. They also stressed they did not wish to allow pro-Adani supporters into their festival – a decision supported by the police.

At the front gate of the Showground next morning, I saw first hand the determination of the Clermont locals to disrupt these proceedings. Several men in Start Adani t-shirts were denied entry. One man in a Stop Adani t-shirt made a lacklustre attempt to bluff his way through, before his belligerence and refusal to pay the $15 entry fee betrayed him.

The persistence of these attempts obliged the police to begin turning all locals away and preventing their signage being put up outside the entrance.

But they were not finished yet. In the mid afternoon, during singer Neil Murray’s performance a man on horseback came galloping at reckless speed from the showground’s front gate, where he had already, it transpired, nearly run down a volunteer, clouting him over the head as he passed.

Whooping and hollering, the rider came dangerously close to festival goers before goading the horse through a gate into the oval, where around 200 people were seated and small children were running around.

His escapade finished with horse and rider colliding into a gate, behind which a woman who may or may not have been attempting to close it, depending on whom you spoke to, was badly injured. An ambulance took her to Mackay Hospital for an MRI. She was later released.

The rider was charged with a list of offences. He was certainly supported by a group of locals I saw near his horse float by the showgrounds. There were some telling comments on the ABC Brisbane Facebook page’s story, including; “… the Stockman and his Stock Horse are HEROES” and; “Dumbarse leftards meddling where they have no idea – who cares!”

The Bob Brown Foundation Convoy is now wending its way southwards, to a dramatic culmination in Canberra on 5 May, with singer Paul Kelly, writer Richard Flanagan and actor Jack Thompson scheduled to speak alongside Brown.

Meanwhile, as the Independent UK announced that the world’s largest ice shelf is melting 10 times faster than expected due to solar heating, the Extinction Rebellion protests in London, where well over 1000 people have been arrested, have been directly credited with forcing the Scottish and UK Parliaments to officially declare a climate emergency.

But while Bill Shorten has now declared for Adani and fresh gas fields in the Galilee Basin, while politicians of all stripes in Australia vie with each other to condemn the Stop Adani convoy, the measure of its effectiveness has been the forces arrayed against it in Queensland.

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38 Responses to “The Stop Adani convoy – what really happened in north Queensland”

  • jan says:

    We need to give thanks to journalists who investigate the truth – short-term coal believers are just nvb (not very bright) because they don’t understand WHY the polar icecaps are melting, BUT the reason why the Adani Mine is happening is the Coal Lobby https://www.michaelwest.com.au/dirty-power-politics-and-australias-coal-networks/

    Water is going to be the big problem … the Australian Conservation Foundation, CSIRO and a Knowledge Report show the impact the mines will have on ancient groundwater tables. The Traditional Owners message that “sacred springs, wetlands and land” will be destroyed, could have been a good message to have led the convoy. Read the report to see why ancient springs are almost holy water. Also Wetlands should be put forward as an alternative to Mines right now. Imagine the jobs and little towns that could be generated creating wetlands for wildlife habitat and life in the future. But all that is lost to the Coal Lobby and their interest in short-term money. Watch the Networks here – and as the journalists say “this is what the Australian People are up against” https://www.michaelwest.com.au/dirty-power-politics-and-australias-coal-networks/

  • Pat Duck says:

    Hey Mick – love your work on this stuff – the efforts to bring this issue to light by those committed to the convoy has changed my view of the world somewhat

  • Viri VR says:

    Hello. I was very worried about the people who were in the convoy. Unfortunately, I could not join because I was being treated at the hospital. But I support you with all my heart and soul, you are real heroes for me. It is a pity that we have to resort to such measures. I would very much like our state to be legitimate and fair. I hope that the elections will be able to change something. After all, agree with me, this resonance with the government that closes its eyes and fills its pocket with money, was not always like that. After all, after each election, all representatives of the government promise a lot to people … And after a while, as we all notice, nothing is done and everything repeats. Like in the movie “Groundhog Day”. Good luck!

  • Matt says:

    Fascinating article, thanks for the on-the-ground insight into what’s really happening in Qld.
    As an ex-academic who has read and taught climate science, I find it extremely disturbing to hear about the rage of the ignorant though. These people don’t have a clue what they are talking about, and yet they openly attack anyone who doesn’t agree with them… and for what? A mine that will be run by robots and a ruined GBR, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Very, very sad.

  • Diana Anaid says:

    Thanks for reporting on this Mick
    #bobbrown, #climatechange, #mining, #StopAdani #convoy

  • Glenn Conroy says:

    my personal experience driving in the BBF stopadani car convoy, driving through the Clermont gauntlet of angry villagers, is that tHIS IS A GRAND FAILURE OF IMAGINATION. Clermont coal people cannot imagine a future beyond coal. They are incapable of such reimagining their own story. They can’t even remember that life is good. Instead, they are trapped in cold, monochrome coal black world with only FEAR and no love, no colour, not future. THERE IS A GRAND FUTURE AHEAD if only they can reimagine a world beyond coal.

  • Grant Quarry says:

    Many of us a concerned about climate change, and particularly at the moment, about the Adani Mine, but few of us have got off our backsides and done anything as courageous and impressive as joining the Stop Adani Convoy. Thank you to all of those brave souls involved. What an engaging and insightful snapshot of this important campaign, thank-you! With so little coverage in the mainstream media, beyond the despicable horse riding nutter at Clermont showground, this is such an important piece, as an accurate recording of how the convoy was received and how those involved conducted themselves in often difficult and potentially dangerous circumstances. The future of the planet is on the line, Greta Thunberg and her adolescent peers are leading the way, but we adults need to bear our share of the load – we simply cannot sit on the sidelines with so much at stake.

  • Kathleen Earsman says:

    Thank you for this vivid account that rings with honesty.
    Bob Brown is a hero of heroes he has inspired and supports; I salute you all!
    There is now so little time left to save our planet from run-away irreversable, unsurvivable climate change. It has already begun, with more and wilder extreme weather events around the globe, with subsequent devastating consequences, and a scientifically measured pattern of increasingly rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and subsequent heat.. We must overrule politicians and deniers who can not, will not see the truth.
    Thank you BOB BROWN, hero of our time!

  • Brad Black says:

    Congratulations to all those involved in the convoy. True heroes one and all. Wonderful displays of courage amidst cowardly bullying.
    For every bit of abuse the convoy received there would have been hundreds of plaudits around the country.
    ‘Jobs for the future’ rather than jobs instead of a future!

  • Tracey Orso says:

    Yep. I ventured to comment on some Clermont related facebook articles. Some down right nasty folk up there. Good on you brave and committed warriors for justice for our planet and our future . Thank you! I hope everyone is alright at the end of it all.

  • Richard Barnes says:

    Thanks Mick, great piece of journalism.
    My wife and I were only able to make the Melb/Albury/Sydney part of the convoy. We are older, but we had the joy of having the car filled up with some fantastic, determined young people.
    Note that the final fling for the convoy is a huge anti-Adani protest in Canberra on Sunday morning (tomorrow).
    Together we CAN stop Adani and we CAN make a difference for our children and grandchildren.

  • John Adams says:

    At last; some serious journalism. Thank you!

  • Audrey says:

    Behind every person who shows up for these actions are many, many supporters who can’t for some reason. The convoy was /is an important action. Thanks for reporting, Mick.

  • Ajita Cannings says:

    A fantastic article, thank you!

  • Joy McLeary says:

    This well-written account certainly mirrors my memory. I feel that we are on the verge of global protest as Governments continue to support their corporate mates ( donors) rather than address the climate emergency that scientists have been predicting for decades.

  • Pete says:

    This ia a great article. We just don’t get enough of this detailed and nuanced information. Thanks.

  • Kate says:

    Adrienne of the RIN in Mackay. It is understandable that you would write this comment considering it was you together with your boss Mick Crowe of G&S Engineering who organized the pro-Adani event. G&S Engineering who I might add is a major organiser of the Mackay Festival of Arts thus keeping the Mayor of Mackay on side and hopefully on his part the people of Mackay to agree to the opening of the Carmichael Mine. Not only you but from an apprentice to other workers employed by G&S Engineering been used to make comments in newspapers in support of Adani whom I might add built a solar farm in the Mackay Hinterlands and it was G&S Engineering who had the contract to provide the materials. And yes I went to hear Bob Brown’s view that was difficult with the heckling of the pro-Adani people who had moved over from their meeting along with a big man holding a pro-Adani sign and with a grin on his face constantly circling and cutting my view of Bob Brown. Sad that people do not understand that it is companies like G&S who although employing workers and taking on apprentices are actually working against the good of Australia.

  • If you just added this to it there thatd be great – “So glad I got to read a first hand report on this rolling blockade! I watched the live streams from the Bob Brown Foundation and read lots of comments from Clermont locals on that site. They were vehement in attacking the protest as a paid gig! It is hard to find out what is actually going on unless someone like you Mick is on the ground reporting. Thanks mate, keep it up.”

  • Aidan says:

    Great Adani article so important to get an independent angle

  • Dean Sewell says:

    A masterfully crafted and considered piece of observation Mick Daley. It is this level of nuanced opinion that is sorely lacking from the corporate media hegemony. I haven’t heard of the Fifth Estate before but if it is this level of opinion that they publish, then I’m a convert.

  • Ruth says:

    Good for you Jessica Marshmann. Yours is a balanced, rational, informed comment. Like you won’t be voting Liberal, I definitely won’t or Nats or Labor although majorly I have voted ALP throughout my life. We have to have ethical, non-rorting Politicians whom we can trust in both Senate & House of Reps who will look after Australians including Indigenous, this country & the Planet. Not disingenuous, dangerous players. As for Adrienne, your comment is nebulous & has no substance to it. You claim lies. Seems only #StopAdaniConvoy event you attended was in Mackay. After you’d been involved in a propaganda event that Christensen attended. So in fact you know nothing about what’s been written here about the rest of the time of the Convoy. Nothing about Wangan & Jagalingou Karmoo Dreaming event on Wiri country. Or violent attacks. No Convoy people have threatened or attacked anyone. It’s those who support corrupt PIT TO PORT AUTOMATED – NO JOBS – ENVIRONMENTAL NIGHTMARE Adani & inciting Hatred Politicians who have done that. Nor have you identified any lies written about what happened in Mackay. Writing has been on the wall for years for Miners to return to trades & reskill into sustainable industries.

  • Adele Wessell says:

    Great to get an inside perspective on the Convoy. This is a historic action. While it has been reported that most Australians oppose Adani, many of us can’t participate, do not experience the confrontation with pro-Adani locals and miners and read little in the mainstream press about the convoy. I have sympathy for those locals being promised employment, prosperity and saving the environment, but this has much wider significance and we need to know what’s going on.

  • Susie gipton says:

    Beautifully written, impeccably sourced and accurately observed article on the nuances of #stopadani convoy. A freedom march through the decades of entrenched Johism. At times it felt like I was in another country and another century. The disparity between factions was huge with no way really of breaching the divide. Hanson has been going out to these small towns for years and just lying and fear mongering. Like Ghandi and salt it is time for civil disobedience. Got home and my party’s fed campaign is disorganised and not gaining traction. Adani is the tipping point symbol of the end. We will ensure this mine and others proposed will never ever operate
    https://www.google.com.au/amp/s/www.history.com/.amp/news/gandhis-salt-march-85-years-ago

  • melissa says:

    Please please keep on filming this….We need to support our community and earth with the real facts and education…This is really important work…thankyou in advance ..Melissa.

  • josephine mckinnon says:

    What amazing people in the ever growing convoy… so much gratitude, love and respect… thank you for being visible, i am there heart and soul in support of your actions and wish everyone the safety they deserve in standing up for our future and environment because the govt sure ain’t doing nothing….go people power xx j

  • Alex clarke says:

    Good to have a balanced account from the front libex

  • Edda says:

    Thanks for covering this. I wasn’t able to get there but believe this is a critical issue not only for the upcoming election but the future of Australia and our impact on climate change More articles like this please!

  • Val smith says:

    Where has commonsense and intellect gone? Miners take decades to produce and sell. Yes these towns need jobs, however the workers and their families wont even consider the future. Ultimately anyway there will be less employment in all industries. Why is there not other employment, industries etc developed. The internet allows expansion globally. Governments have aggregated their governing for all people. Sad that these towns have all their family in mining. Nothing else has been available. Corporates ===move out and help
    The Government nor politicians will do anything

  • Laurence Axtens says:

    Thorough, erudite and even handed – great account of the convoy so far Micheal. Keep it coming. All we hear is Murdoch right wing rubbish without you.

  • Craig Lawler says:

    Thanks for that Fifth Estate, good to see a proper account from someone on the ground. Adani makes little economic, ethical or environmental sense and it is good to see people standing up to it. Unfortunately the MSM continues with the same old tropes and bias.

  • JohnnyC says:

    Thanks for a truthful account. All I would add is that there were discussions between miners and convoyers at both Emu Park and Mackay which allowed both to learn more and test views it I’it definitely wasn’t possible at Clermont.

  • Adrienne says:

    This is the most one sided rubbish article full of lies I have read in a long time. You obviously are not capable of providing a objective perspective! I was at the Mackay events and you clearly have not reported the fact!

    • Tina Perinotto says:

      Thanks for your comments. You are welcome to share those facts and your views here. But pls no need for insulting comments, facts will do. Pls go ahead:

  • Kim Wright says:

    Thank you so much for a fair and interesting read. My only comment……though our children are the ones who will be impacted, if one knows that potential violent conflict will occur, we shouldn’t take our kids. They have enough trauma to deal with, knowing the lack of interest in their futures is being portrayed by politicians.

    • Tina Perinotto says:

      Maybe those parents had no choice and maybe what’s in store for the kids if we don’t halt or slow climate change will be worse.

  • Susie says:

    Beautifully written, well sourced article perfectly observed. Have come home to a town where the Greens are in chaos and not poised to gain any traction. The ‘get a haircut/job’ signs of the pro adani show their adherence to stereotypes. Pauline has always gone out to small towns and basically lied for years. The speed at which the Extinction Rebellion has gotten results in UK is mighty impressive. Have joined and encourage others to civil disobedience as we can no longer rely on peaceful political ways. The Adani mine will never open!! We will never ever allow that. Power to the people

  • Stu Hilborn says:

    In a super-heated climate emergency, we sure as hell are (pun intended).

    I would relish meeting these pro-adani people in 20 years from now, when the climate is wrecked, the land parched and burnt, and rub in how utterly bereft of intelligence they were (are). F&& ing idiots.

  • Jessica Marshman says:

    Humans are in plague proportions. I have always voted Liberal. However that will change. I think it is a disgrace that the major parties are not attuned to the sentiments of our children, the indigenous community and the natural environment of this country and the evidence of science! I have a science degree. I am a registered nurse. I’m a farmer’s wife. There is a fine balance in being sustainable and just plain greedy. We are in a position of drought. The climates are shifting. Its high time the voices of this country such as those apposing the mine are heard!I have a 2 year old son and dread what kind of future he has. I also ponder why the Government would do business with a company been investigated internationally for its previous trail of destruction in mining. Where has the integrity gone with our governments? Most likely in their back pocket.

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