Adani's Australian coal mine moves closer, wins key environmental approval

Adani protests

The federal Environment Minister has cleared one of the project's final roadblocks, leaving it up to the state to sign-off on the mine.

Mr Shorten said in government he would be guided by the "best science and the law of the land" on the Adani approvals, but no taxpayer money would go to the project.

"This project has been subject to the most rigorous approval process of any mining project in Australia", Price said.

But Ms Price said CSIRO and Geoscience Australia had assessed the groundwater plans and confirmed they met strict scientific requirements.

"To date, only 16 of 25 environmental plans have been finalised or approved by the Commonwealth and Queensland governments with a further nine to be finalised".

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Environmental lobby group Lock the Gate Alliance says rubber-stamping plans weeks from the poll means the approvals are compromised.

The GDEMP has been through 11 rounds of assessment with the Australian and Queensland governments over more than two years now.

"The independent evaluation and endorsement by CSIRO and Geoscience Australia verifies that the measures outlined in the plans will ensure groundwater at the mine, and the ecosystems that depend on it, are protected", he said.

The Morrison government has moved to end a damaging split over the Adani coal mine and granted the controversial project its final Commonwealth environmental approval.

Queensland coalition MPs have been agitating for the minister to make her decision before Prime Minister Scott Morrison goes to the polls, expected on May 18.

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It's now up to Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk's government to approve the groundwater plan, and another plan to manage the tiny and endangered black-throated finch so that construction can begin.

Queensland Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch says her department will consider the groundwater plan against the state's environmental conditions.

"Frustratingly, however, we're sitting here with the state government continuing to shift the goalposts and standing in the way of us being able to deliver thousands of jobs".

"This isn't just about one project or one mine-the Labor party wants to get rid of all coal mines and all coal mining jobs", Senator Canavan said in a statement afterward.

Morrison was continually interrupted by anti-Adani protestors while giving a luncheon speech in Brisbane on Monday.

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"And, importantly, Adani does not have federal approval for the proposed above-ground water infrastructure it requires to support its proposed thirsty coal mine", Slattery said.

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