What do they really think? The moment a Labor Environment Minister appears to tell a green activist she’s ‘devastated’ about an approved mine that could deliver 10,000 jobs
- Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch is allegedly ‘devastated’ about Adani mine
- She was filmed making the remark to a woman who is a ‘Stop Adani’ protester
- The video of the comment was posted on the Stop Adani Cairns Facebook page
Queensland’s environment minister has been caught on camera telling a green activist she’s ‘devastated’ a mine was given the green light by her department.
Leeanne Enoch was filmed in Cairns days after her department approved the Indian mining giant’s plans saying ‘I am devastated’ when a Stop Adani protester asked about the approval.
The snippet on the Stop Adani Cairns Facebook page seems to show Ms Enoch telling the activist she had to obey the law, two days after Adani won approval for the mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland.
Asked by the activist if Ms Enoch was going to ‘fight for us’, she replied ‘absolutely, every day’.
Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch (left) has been caught on camera appearing to tell a green activist she’s ‘devastated’ a mine was given the green light by her department
Ms Enoch says the exchange happened after she was approached by a woman who introduced herself as a union member and asked for a photo of the two of them.
At the last minute the woman lifted up a layer of clothing to reveal she was wearing a Stop Adani t-shirt.
‘She asked me how I felt about the way traditional owners have been affected by the Adani mine, to which I responded, ‘devastated’,’ the minister says in a statement.
Ms Enoch says she is particularly devastated about how the mining issue has divided traditional owners.
‘I understand this is an issue that people care a great deal about and I am devastated at how this project has been used as a weapon to divide our state.’
The minister says she and her family have been subject to offensive comments and their safety threatened since the decision was made.
Ms Enoch insists the decision was made by her department and did not involve herself or other cabinet members.
The post received plenty of reactions on social media, with some people sharing their thoughts of the minster’s department’s decision to give Adani the green light.
‘She had the power to say No. The Qld Govt have betrayed all Queenslanders especially the young whose future has been sold out,’ one person wrote.
The minister (left) was attending an awards ceremony in Cairns on Saturday when she was filmed making the remark to a woman (right), who was identified as a ‘Stop Adani’ protester
The video post came two days after a photo of Ms Enoch (left) standing next to the same woman (right) who had lifted up her shirt to reveal ‘Stop Adani’ was posted to the site
After eight years, the Adani coalmine was last week given its final environmental approval, effectively giving it the green light to go ahead.
While some locals are thankful for the jobs the mine promises to create, others have been opposed to the environmental impact of a new coal mine.
Adani originally promised to employ 10,000 news jobs, but this figure has since been cut back to just 1,500 with a potential 6,750 indirect jobs, Mining Monthly reported.
Angle News Australia has reached out to Ms Enoch’s office for comment.