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Queensland sets mid-June deadline for decisions on Adani's Carmichael plans

Queensland's Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who declares to be "fed up" with the delays in making a decision on Adani Enterprises Ltd.'s highly-controversial Carmichael coal mine in the region, set deadlines to fast track the project, The Australian reported May 24.

Palaszczuk declared May 31 as the deadline for the decision on the mine's black-throated finch protection management plan and June 13 for a decision on the company's groundwater strategy.

This comes as a response to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's comments, who told the Queensland government to "get on with" making a decision on the project, while linking the project to the country's future trade ties with India.

Morrison further commented that Carmichael should comply with regulations like any other project, with relevant processes being followed without any delays.

If both plans are approved by Queensland, Adani may start building the coal mine in as soon as three weeks, as Palaszczuk said there had been a "breakthrough" in major hurdles over Carmichael during recent discussions between state officials and the company.

Additionally, the report stated that the project's latest groundwater plan has also been sent back to the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization to reconsider.

Recently, Rothschild & Co. SCA said it will not advise Adani on the financing or development of Carmichael.