The protesters have sent 1 William St into lockdown. Picture: AAP/Mark Calleja
The protesters have sent 1 William St into lockdown. Picture: AAP/Mark Calleja

Protesters shut down government HQ

A BUNCH of senior citizens have sent Queensland's government headquarters in Brisbane into lockdown with their protest against the Adani coal mine.

A spokeswoman at 1 William St said about 20 protesters entered the foyer with hidden banners at around 11am.

 

Adani protestors are seen occupying the foyer of the Queensland Government headquarters at 1 William Street in Brisbane. Picture: AAP/Dave Hunt
Adani protestors are seen occupying the foyer of the Queensland Government headquarters at 1 William Street in Brisbane. Picture: AAP/Dave Hunt

Ten police were negotiating with the group, which is demanding a meeting with Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch.

They want an assurance the Government will prosecute Adani over an alleged breach of its pollution licence for releasing sludge into waters near the Great Barrier Reef.

Police at the scene this morning. Picture: AAP/Dave Hunt
Police at the scene this morning. Picture: AAP/Dave Hunt

"Adani has broken Queensland law and lied about how much toxic coal sludge they released," Galilee Blockade spokesman Ben Pennings said.

"With just 11 days left to prosecute, Adani has thus far got off scot-free. Labor must enforce our laws that Adani has clearly broken."

Liberal National Party Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington said the Government should investigate whether any breach had been covered up, but said the project needed to proceed.

"We know that the environmental approvals are all in place and Adani needs to get going so that those jobs they've promised for regional Queensland start," she said.

"In relation to any prosecutions, that's up to the government to monitor and carry out as they should."

The group is demanding to meet Minister Leanne Enoch. Picture: File photo/AAP/Steve Pohlner
The group is demanding to meet Minister Leanne Enoch. Picture: File photo/AAP/Steve Pohlner

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