Coal-fired contradiction

September 18, 2018

Federal Opposition leader Bill Shorten (pictured right) has distanced himself from Labor's climate change spokesman's comments about Adani's proposed Carmichael coal mine - sparking a call for clarity on the issue from Conservative leader Cory Bernardi.

SBS reports, Mark Butler (pictured left) made his thoughts clear about what should happen to the Galilee Basin in Queensland in a video posted to social media.

"I do not support opening new mines in the Galilee Basin, whether it's by Adani, Clive Palmer or anyone else for that matter. It just doesn't make sense," Mr Butler said.

Mr Shorten told the ABC, "I think that that is essentially Mark's judgement, that he doesn't think it is going to happen and he doesn't support it. Our policy is that we won't put a single taxpayer dollar into the project."

He refused to commit to opposing the project saying, "If and when we're elected... we will work on the best science available."

Resources Minister Matt Canavan has been a staunch defender of the proposed mine and has previously pressured Mr Shorten to say where he stands on the project.

Senator Bernardi has told Paul Murray Live on Sky News Labor needs to be honest with the public.

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