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Opposition leader Bill Shorten has left open the possibility that a Labor government would allow the Carmichael coal mine in central Queensland to go ahead.

Speaking in Townsville yesterday as part of a tour of marginal Queensland electorates, Shorten said “there is a role for coal in Australia” and described the Adani mine as “another project”. Labor’s increasing public opposition to the mine in recent months was challenged last week by Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union president Tony Maher, who said Labor efforts to court progressive voters in the upcoming Batman by-election by opposing the mine would see them “lose in central Queensland”.

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