The relationship between Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and mining giant Adani continues to be showcased for all the wrong reasons particularly at a time when keeping it out of the press would be of paramount concern to both parties.
‘Crisis-of-confidence’ takes many forms; an illustration of this happened recently when a Proserpine State High School student, Emily Jukes, turned down a lucrative $30,000 Vice-Chancellor’s scholarship. When considering her options between her first choice at QUT and her second choice at University of Queensland, the enduring partnership swayed her towards the second.
Emily, who comes from the Whitsundays, recognised first-hand the impact of increased mining in the area.
“I come from the Whitsundays, which is a small area that it is going to have a lot of negative impacts… from the mining business and also the Abbot Point expansion, which would have been like a bit of a slap in the face to my old hometown if I’d gone with a university that was supporting that,” she said.
Although Adani says that it will bring 10,000 jobs and $22 billion in taxes and royalties to Queensland a growing proportion of the population are at odds with the LNP’s approval to dump dredge in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.
It is because of the government’s courting of controversial environmental approvals that is sees itself currently teetering on the edge of opposition as the recent election results prove.
Whilst Miss Juke makes a stand, along with her father who is part of protest group Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping, representative’s at Adani and QUT’s declare that her position is in the minority.