Two environmental activists who were arrested this morning disrupting work at Adani’s North Queensland Export Terminal have been denied bail in Bowen Court and remanded in custody.
Juliet Lamont and Kyle Magee locked themselves to a conveyor belt this morning at the port (formerly known as Abbot Point Coal Terminal) and were arrested. They took a similar action last week at Hay Point Coal Terminal in Mackay. The protests are timed to coincide with the COP 26 summit in Glasgow, where they hope world leaders will pressure Australia to take stronger climate action and stop the construction of new fossil fuel projects.
Ms Lamont and Mr Magee were refused bail by police and attended Bowen Magistrates Court this afternoon, where they were denied bail and remanded in custody until their next court appearance on November 8th.
Frontline Action on Coal spokesperson Andy Paine said “Civil disobedience like this has a long and proud history of creating positive change in this country and around the world. It is necessary to fix our climate crisis too, when the majority of Australians support strong climate action but politicians and polluting industries have resisted change. The court has locked up Kyle and Juliet claiming them to be criminals, but history will show they had the courage to stand up for our planet and the life it sustains, while the police and courts shamefully protected those who destroy life for their own profits.
Ms Lamont said before her arrest “I’m willing to face the consequences, as the climate crisis presents an alarming fate for the future of all Australians. I’d like the international community to put pressure on our untrustworthy Morrison government who have completely set their citizens adrift in a climate emergency. The world leaders at COP26 should place sanctions on Australia and forge ahead with the urgent, bold and visionary work needed to save us. Now.”