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Federal court to rule on Adani challenge

AAP logoAAP 28/08/2016 Jamie McKinnell

The Federal Court will hand down a decision on a challenge by conservationists to Australia's biggest coal mine slated for Queensland's Galilee Basin.

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) case against Adani's Carmichael mine argued the approval of the mine was inconsistent with Australia's obligation to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

Lawyers for Adani contested the ACF challenge along with representatives of Greg Hunt who approved the mine when he was environment minister.

ACF has said the case was the first of its kind to be heard in Australia, with the court asked to examine a section of environmental law that had not been tested previously.

The conservationists believe if they are successful, the case would strengthen climate change considerations and World Heritage protection in Australian law.

The Queensland government has previously defended granting its own mining leases for the $22 billion project, which it claims will create thousands of jobs and lead to an extra $200 million to $300 million flowing into the state's coffers every year.

The court is expected to hand down its decision on Monday afternoon.

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