Senate Inquiry into the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF)

Senate Inquiry into the Northern Australia Infrastructure Fund (NAIF)

In June, a Senate Inquiry into the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) was launched after the #StopAdani alliance revealed the shady web of ties between the NAIF board and the coal industry.

The NAIF is a $5 billion fund established by the Federal Government in 2016 to provide financial assistance to infrastructure projects in northern Australia. Adani has requested $1 billion of public money from the NAIF to build a rail line that would cart coal all the way from the Galilee Basin to the Great Barrier Reef coast.

You can make a submission to the inquiry Submissions close 28 ...

In June, a Senate Inquiry into the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) was launched after the #StopAdani alliance revealed the shady web of ties between the NAIF board and the coal industry.

The NAIF is a $5 billion fund established by the Federal Government in 2016 to provide financial assistance to infrastructure projects in northern Australia. Adani has requested $1 billion of public money from the NAIF to build a rail line that would cart coal all the way from the Galilee Basin to the Great Barrier Reef coast.

You can make a submission to the inquiry Submissions close 28 July. The Inquiry will be held in mid-August and public hearings are likely to be scheduled later that month. 

This is a critical opportunity to shine a light on NAIF and to question its Board members about why they are considering giving $1 billion to a dodgy company like Adani for a mega polluting coal mine.

Every unique public submission to the Inquiry helps to turn up the heat on NAIF and ramps up the pressure on our politicians to rule out public funding for Adani and invest in renewable energy instead.

There are no requirements on the style or content of submissions – they can be as long or as short as you’d like.

The most important things to remember are to write persuasively and in your own words. If you want to make your submission even more effective, you can find the government’s guidelines on writing submissions here. And read the Inquiry’s Terms of Reference here.

 

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Let's make sure the government knows we won't stand for a billion dollars of our public money going to a dodgy coal mine with a dead end future!

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Here are some suggested talking points to inspire your email. But remember, it’s much more impactful to write in your own words.

  • The NAIF Board can hardly be considered independent and qualified to manage a public infrastructure fund of $5 billion in the public interest.
  • Two of the seven NAIF directors have close connections to the fossil fuel industry and several others have links to big mining companies.
  • The NAIF Board operates under a culture of secrecy, blocking numerous requests for information under the Freedom of Information Act on dubious grounds.
  • Handing over a billion dollars to Adani’s climate wrecking project with a dead end economic future is grossly irresponsible.
  • If Adani’s mine goes ahead, it would make climate change far worse and put at risk the livelihoods of 69,000 people that rely on a healthy reef. 
  • There are far better ways to spend $1 billion of public money that don’t harm our air, water and wildlife and support northern Australian communities like clean energy, education, health and sustainable tourism.