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Pennings says it will be "lawyers at 10 paces'' in Adani fight

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Activist Ben Pennings said his fight with Adani was far from over following court orders banning him from some of his more successful protest actions.

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Pennings was forced to take down a website and no longer urge people to dob-in Adani and its contractors and Adani added that it would pursue damages action if Pennings failed to comply with the orders.

But Pennings responded to supporters yesterday saying: ” (It) looks like it’s going to be lawyers at 10 paces for the next year or two and Adani are taking risks being so vicious.”

Pennings told InQueensland that Adani was still pursuing him for damages despite his acceptance of the court orders.

The campaign against Adani has always used the courts with devastating effect. The project was stalled for about two years as Adani worked its way through the Land Court and a string of appeals to higher courts.

However, Pennings later responded that his comments were not about his wider involvement in any campaign against Adani and were only in reference to his legal issues.

Adani said out of respect to the courts and in accordance with prudent legal advice, it was not able to conduct without prejudice negotiations with Mr Pennings via the media.

“We expect Mr Pennings to honour his commitment to comply with the Supreme Court order made on 11 September 2020. Further, we look forward to receiving his response to Adani’s claim by 24 September.”

Adani also announced today that a significant Aboriginal artefact site had been discovered on the route of its rail project.

“We have learned from the Jangga People and the recent archaeological work conducted at the site recently, that this site is thought to be a significant women’s quarry site which was used to create tools, that may be many thousands of years old,” Adani said in a statement.

“Since discovering this site, Adani has undertaken further conversations with the Jangga People and our project engineers, to determine how we can protect the site.

“In consultation with Jangga, and with their consent, we were able to redesign the railway project, by moving a vehicle access track, which will mean this significant site can remain intact.

“This is a great outcome for both the Jangga People and Adani. The delivery of the Carmichael Project has enabled the Jangga People to do further exploration of their Country and discover more about their own rich history and culture.”

 

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