Update on the campaign to #StopAdani - your help is needed!

On 22 January 2018, the newly elected Queensland Cabinet will make a crucial decision in the fight to #StopAdani.

On that day, they will decide whether or not to veto a loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) to a company called Aurizon to build a rail line for Adani's dirty coal mine.

Aurizon is a huge coal freighting company. They’ve applied for a massive taxpayer-funded loan to build the rail line for Adani. Premier Palaszczuk has vetoed the $1 billion loan to Adani, but not to Aurizon.

If Aurizon gets this loan, then Adani will be back on the front foot.

Here are some actions you can take to pressure the Queensland Cabinet to veto this taxpayer-funded loan to Aurizon to build Adani’s rail line:

1. Email Queensland Cabinet and share!

Send this pre-written email to Queensland Cabinet.

Once you've sent your email please share it with your friends and family, encouraging them to send it too and share it on your group's Facebook page.

2. Call Cabinet

Call one or more of the below three prominent Cabinet members - regularly, if you can manage it:

  • (07) 3737 2100 - Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk
  • (07) 3724 9100 - Treasurer and Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad
  • (07) 3554 8100 - Minister for Mines and Energy, Anthony Lynham

3. Organise an urgent meeting with Cabinet members

If you're too far from a Cabinet member, organise a meeting with your local MP.

Here are some useful resources for you to organise a meeting:

[With thanks to the #StopAdani campaign for these suggestions and much of the text.]

 

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More Mercy action to #StopAdani

Sisters of Mercy across Australia participated in Sunday's Big Day of Action to stop the Adani coal mine:

Mary Tinney rsm  is in the "N" in this incredible photo taken in Brisbane.

Mary Tinney rsm is in the "N" in this incredible photo taken in Brisbane.

Tess Flaherty rsm, Gabrielle Travers rsm and Claudette Cusack rsm at the Adelaide Adani gathering on the beach at Henley Beach

Tess Flaherty rsm, Gabrielle Travers rsm and Claudette Cusack rsm at the Adelaide Adani gathering on the beach at Henley Beach

#StopAdani action at Bondi Beach, NSW

#StopAdani action at Bondi Beach, NSW

The #StopAdani sign on Bondi Beach, NSW - Tricia Nugent rsm is in the "N".

The #StopAdani sign on Bondi Beach, NSW - Tricia Nugent rsm is in the "N".

If you have a photo from the Big Day of Action that you'd like to share, send it to us and we'll be glad to include it here!

Caring for Earth in South Australia

The South Australian Mercies have been living their care for Earth through the following actions and activities since June 2017:

  • With the Australian Conservation Foundation, Catholic EarthCare and the No Dump Alliance, we continue to campaign to stop the Australian Federal Liberal Government's Nuclear Waste Dump plan in SA. (The State plan was declared "dead" by the SA Premier Jay Weatherill on June 7, but the Federal plan is still on the agenda of the Australian Federal Government)
  • Supported the call on Jay Weatherill to make Solar Thermal happen in Port Augusta.
  • Viewed the film Guarding the Galilee and with Catholic EarthCare to lobby and campaign for Stop Adani.
  • Have been encouraging the whole school community of Mercedes College to participate in prayers and actions for the Season of Creation:
    • Pray the Prayer for Our Earth from Pope Francis
    • Commit ourselves to reflection, acts of kindness and gratitude and deeds of advocacy during each of the 34 days of the Season of Creation from the Calendar created by the Mercy International Association.
    • Copies of the Season of Creation calendar are displayed at the most noticeable place in each classroom, office, staffroom, canteen and library as a reminder for our commitments for this month.
    • Resources on the Season of Creation from MIA were sent to all teaching staff to incorporate them into their RE learning and teaching programme.
    • An article about the Season of Creation include a copy of the Prayer for Our Earth and the Season of Creation calendar were sent home to all families and were also posted on the school website for all to access.