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Key quotes around Adani mine approval

Adani has Queensland government approvals to construct it's controversial thermal coal mine - not everyone is happy.

THE HAPPY

Adani chief Lucas Dow. "You could be thinking from today in two years time people should be expecting we have exported our first piece of coal."

Thuringowa MP Aaron Harper: "The message has been clearly heard - in Queensland we don't take to a bunch of Victorians driving up here and telling us what to do. We back jobs, we back coal jobs in Queensland."

Queensland Resources Council: "The Adani Carmichael mine is one of six in the Galilee Basin that could create tens of thousands of jobs in construction and operation and deliver billions of dollars in royalties over their working life span."

Qld opposition leader Deb Frecklington wants the Galilee Basin opened up to more projects but won't soften environmental laws if elected next year: "You can't just come into Queensland and start digging up coal."

LNP mines spokesman Dale Last says 19,000 people have applied for 1500 direct jobs Adani proposes to create during construction. "Won't they be happy to actually finally get a job and start to receive an income, but certainly there'll be a lot of people disappointed."

Townsville MP Scott Stewart: "What we want to see is these local jobs that Adani has talked about. We want them to materialise and go forward."

Townsville mayor Jenny Hill: "500 jobs makes a big difference for us."

THE ANGRY

Former Greens leader Bob Brown: "Australia's environmental processes are a farce and today's anti-science decision shows it up."

Mackay Conservation Group's Emma Barrett: "Leading water scientists tell us that Adani's modelling is flawed, not fit for purpose and risks drying up the ecologically important Doongmabulla Springs."

Greens leader Richard Di Natale: "This fight is far from over. The Adani mine cannot go ahead if we are going to have any chance of slowing rising global greenhouse gas emissions."

Ben Pennings, anti-Adani group Galilee Blockade: "Now it's on. I'm personally prepared for what lies ahead."

Tom Crothers, a former general manager for water allocation and planning in the Queensland government "Science has been thrown in the bin for political expediency".

THE ANXIOUS

Farmers and graziers who want concrete assurances that essential groundwater supplies will be protected.

Farmers for Climate Action chief Verity Morgan-Schmidt said: "Queensland farmers and graziers are utterly dependent on groundwater, particularly during times of drought.

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