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Fresh legal hurdle for Adani mine

AAP logoAAP 7/12/2016 Stuart Layt

The Adani coal mine in Queensland's Gallilee Basin is forging ahead, despite a fresh legal hurdle.

The Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council has instructed lawyers to file an appeal against a Queensland government decision to issue leases for the Carmichael mine before other court proceedings had finished.

It's the fourth simultaneous legal action by the group, with spokesman Adrian Burragubba saying a "legal line of defence" is being constructed because Adani and the state are trying to "bulldoze" them.

"We will not stand by while they sing from the same song sheet about their grandiose but hollow plans," he said.

The move comes with the Indian mining giant revealing workforce arrangements, which will prioritise local workers.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce says Queensland needs the multi-billion dollar project and would be "crazy" to put it in doubt.

"When I hear people standing up against the development of central Queensland coalfields and the Adani coal mine, which is a $16.5 billion job, I ask a question: where is your alternate source of income going to come from?" he told a media lunch in Brisbane on Wednesday.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk met with Adani representatives in Townsville on Tuesday to announce final arrangements for the massive project.

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