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December 18th, 2017

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

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  1. rog
    December 18th, 2017 at 11:28 | #1

    The Downer/Adani marriage has hit the rocks, with Adani to go it alone as an owner/operator. No doubt money, or lack of it, is the problem.

  2. John Quiggin
    December 18th, 2017 at 11:34 | #2

    I’d say lack of money. Adani has no capacity to do this by themselves, so I guess they are just hoping something will turn up.

  3. Tim Macknay
    December 18th, 2017 at 12:29 | #3

    It’s only a flesh wound.

  4. J-D
    December 18th, 2017 at 19:18 | #4

    Amy Laker and Lauren Price got married on Saturday. That would not have happened if people had not voted Yes in the SSM survey. I don’t know that it makes much difference, but I suspect it made a difference to Amy and Lauren. Anne McDonald and Elise McDonald also got married slightly later in the day. Both couples were granted exemptions from the usual waiting period because their families had travelled to be present for the occasion. Two other couples were scheduled to get married yesterday and today, having been granted exemptions because one of them (in each case) was terminally ill. If they’d had to wait much longer they might have missed the chance forever, and that’s the prospect they would have had to face if people had not voted Yes.

    I mention this because there was some discussion here of the effects of voting in that survey.

  5. gmhendo
    December 18th, 2017 at 22:12 | #5

    Adani has parted ways with Downer as reported on ABC radio news tonight. A mutual decision apparently because Downer was responding to the negative pressures about its links to Adani.

    I don’t buy that. Downer would not give up a multi billion dollar opportunity because public opinion raged against the project. But it might for other reasons such as the commercial quality of the project. For its part, Adani says it will develop the various projects (mine, rail and port) with its own resources.

    Adani has declared it will do the project on its own, they can self-fiance. Perhaps they can but that mocks their attempts to get Aussie support as “critical” to the project. It reveals that their applications for assistance were scams, schemes aimed at attracting money to the project for their benefit, no more to it.

    Perhaps Carmichael was always a secondary goal, that the real goal was capturing rail traffic fro the Basin as other mines developed. Still a long-shot but don’t underestimate the cunning of Mr Adani.

  6. rog
    December 19th, 2017 at 19:03 | #6

    I doubt if the decision was as nuanced as suggested, it’s highly likely that Adani were not paying Downer and Downer thought that a fight with such a baseless entity would be counterproductive.

    In turn the message to business is clear, don’t engage with Adani, which will make it much more difficult for Adani to buy anything.

  7. Svante
    December 21st, 2017 at 15:58 | #7

    $18.5M of ratepayer funds pledged for her Adani marriage dowry, where it came from, and how to hide it, remains a problem for Townsville City Mayor Cr Jenny Hill.



  8. rog
    December 22nd, 2017 at 08:47 | #8
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