XENOPHON: IT’S NOT THE ROLE OF GOVERNMENT TO BE INVOLVED AS FINANCE BROKERS

Adani: DFAT facing questions over possible secret requests for foreign cash to fund controversial mine
     Exclusive by the National Reporting Team’s Alexandra Blucher and Mark Willacy

     Key federal crossbenchers will today grill senior government bureaucrats about possible secret approaches to foreign agencies for financial support for Adani’s controversial Carmichael coal mine.
 Key points:

  • Senator Xenophon wants to know what representations the Government made to foreign agencies
  • Australian embassies overseas were searched for documents
  • An FOI request on the issue has “captured several hundred pages of documents”

     The questions have been sparked by a Freedom of Information request to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) for documents relating to requests for foreign government financing for the controversial multi-billion-dollar mine and rail project.

     In response, DFAT asked for more time to respond as the request had “captured several hundred pages of documents”.

     Senator Nick Xenophon said he would be demanding clarification from DFAT officials at Senate Estimates today about what representations the Federal Government has made to foreign agencies.

“It is not the role of the Australian Government or its diplomatic missions to be involved as finance brokers for a very controversial project like this,” he said.  “There needs to be an open and transparent process.”

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