Activists have stopped an Adani train carrying a load of coal towards the company’s export port in north Queensland.
Adani says it will be exporting its first shipment from the Carmichael coalmine by the end of the year.
But the company remains cagey about the specifics and whether the train (which is branded with the logo of Adani’s subsidiary, Bowen Rail Company) stopped by activists near Bowen – on the line to the Abbot Point port – contains a first load.
The moment will be significant – and heavily stage-managed by both the company and climate activists – given the decade-long controversy about the mine’s construction and the unprecedented campaign to stop it proceeding.
Activists from the group Frontline Action Against Coal claim they have stopped the train on the outskirts of Bowen. Two activists have locked themselves to the railway line. Another two activists, a mother and daughter, used steel pipes to lock themselves to train wagons.
Police are in attendance at the two separate sites.
Images shared with Guardian Australia show the wagons fully laden with coal.
Earlier this month a Bowen Rail Company locomotive broke down on the shared section of railway, near Collinsville.
Adani said that the train was undergoing testing.
The company says: “Testing and commissioning on the trains has been underway for several weeks which has included transporting coal.
“As is the usual process for new pieces of equipment and infrastructure, this is expected to take a period of time as the new machines and infrastructure are tested.
“The Carmichael mine is on track to export coal in 2021.”
The House of Representatives’ daily program for Tuesday is out.
A draft circulated on Friday suggesting the religious discrimination bill would come on for debate on Tuesday afternoon, but it has now been bumped down the program.
CORRECTION: An earlier post suggested it had been removed from the program. In fact, it has been bumped down the program (but not removed).
CORRECTION: it's been bumped down but not ditched. It's listed 7th.
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