The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has congratulated Ged Kearney on her victory in the Batman by-election and said she must actively represent in Canberra the overwhelming desire of the electorate to stop the dirty Adani coal mine and cut climate pollution.
ACF Chief Executive Officer, Kelly O’Shanassy, said the Stop Adani campaign had played a significant role in the by-election.
“Our volunteers had thousands of conversations with voters over the phone and in person. What was clear is that voters care deeply about stopping the Adani coal mine and cutting climate pollution,” Ms O’Shanassy said.
“ACF welcomes the strong position Ms Kearney took against the Adani mine. During the campaign she made it clear that she opposes the Adani project and that she would support Labor reviewing the approvals this dangerous coal mine has received.
“If it goes ahead the dirty Adani coal mine would damage the Great Barrier Reef through climate change and threaten our beautiful native species and habitat.
“The local community are united in their desire to see the Adani coal mine stopped. They will expect Ms Kearney to be an advocate against the Adani mine in the Federal Parliament.
“During this campaign Opposition Leader Bill Shorten also stated his own opposition to the Adani coal mine. The Labor Party should now make it clear that they will act to ensure it is stopped if they win office at the next federal election.”