Court in 'best position' to decide on mine, say activists

A LAWYER has told a land court judge that she will be in a better position than any other decision makers to reject or approve Adani's Carmichael Mine.

Lawyers will be summing up their arguments today in the Queensland Land Court case where an environmental group is fighting Adani over its controversial Galilee Basin mine.

Lawyer Saul Holt, who is representing  environmental group Coast and Country, said this morning that the court was in a better decision-making position than others before because of the "rigorous" process and evidence given from both sides over the past five weeks.

In his closing submissions, Mr Holt said the mine would dry-up a wetland springs complex that is located west of the site.

He also said the proposed mine site was home to the most significant population of the endangered black-throated finch and the vulnerable waxy cabbage palm.

"As a consequence of its location, nature and scale, the development and running of the mine will cause - or creates a major risk of causing - very significant environmental harm," Mr Holt said.

He has also highlighted how Adani "grossly overstated" the number of jobs the mine would create.

He said at first it was thought the mine would create more than 10,000. He said evidence given during the case indicated the figure was closer to 1400.

Mr Holt will continue closing his case this morning.

The Department of Environment will also sum up their position and Adani's lawyers will follow, expected to be later this afternoon.


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