28 January 2020
Adani statement on Greyhound
Despite an ongoing sophisticated and well-funded campaign by anti-coal activists, construction of our Carmichael Project is progressing well.
Adani Australia continues to work with a broad range of contractors and we have signed contracts valued at more than $500 million.
Adani Mining CEO Lucas Dow said there were more than 200 people working at the mine site and many more were working on various components of the project across regional Queensland from assembling equipment to preparing to lay the railway track.
“Anti-coal activists have thrown everything they’ve got at us in order to stop our project from court cases to multi-million dollar advertising campaigns but they haven’t succeeded.
“We are not intimidated and construction is progressing well.
“The activists’ latest tactic is to boycott other businesses and threaten their livelihoods and intimidate their employees as they have done with Greyhound, who is engaged by one of our sub-contractors.
“This latest tactic will not affect construction of the project as bussing providers from around Queensland are lined up and ready to assist us and our contractors with our transport needs.”
A reminder that Secondary boycott actions under the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 say,
“Section 45D prohibits conduct by a person “in concert” with a second person from engaging in conduct that “hinders or prevents” a third person supplying goods or services to a fourth person.”
While we can argue that Greyhound Australia chickened out of its Adani contract of its own volition after such pressure (it could have ignored them) it nonetheless shows that activists are becoming more emboldened to try to shut down legitimate business activity they have nothing to do with. Why have laws if they won’t be enforced?