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Politics, practicality and the Galilee
Wednesday 27 May 2015  

The debate surrounding the parliamentary enquiry into Fly in Fly Out (FIFO) work practices in Queensland, is spilling over into discussions about how Adani will operate its proposed Galilee mine.

The economic viability of the project is already extremely challenging, however the idea of legislative controls over how the workforce could be managed is likely to add another complication to Adani’s plans.

Prior to his presentation last Friday at the RIN Chairman’s Awards in Mackay, Adani CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj told local media the isolation of their proposed mine, meant they had no other choice than a FIFO operation.

It would take a worker based in Mackay at least five hours to drive to the proposed Carmichael mine, which would create a whole suite of fatigue management issues.

The federal member for Dawson George Christensen, has come out in support of Adani, rasing the possibility of a specialised FIFO service operating out of Mackay.

"Adani CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj has flagged that workers could be sourced out of the Mackay region, depending on the available local talent and merit, and the reality is we have talent and merit in spades when it comes to expertise in the coal mining sector," Mr Christensen said.

"Our region has the capability to supply a qualified FIFO workforce for the Adani mine, and we have all the expert mining support services here for them as well, so Mackay has the lead on becoming the FIFO hub and the service centre for the Galilee Basin.”

Meanwhile the CFMEU’s Stephen Smyth has slammed the FIFO idea as arrogant, saying Adani seemed to be under an illusion that: “they can open a mine and dictate all the conditions".

Meanwhile submissions to the parliamentary enquiry into FIFO by the Palaszczuk Labor government continues, with miners continuing to claim the practice is “ruining” marriages and regional towns and causing depression. So far just two miners have spoken out in favour of the practice claiming it suited their family situation.

The final report is to be presented to parliament in September, however Shift Miner was unable to confirm whether the report will be make recommendations on Adani’s proposal specifically.

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