A group of over 40 concerned citizens are outside George Christensen’s office in Mackay this morning, saying corporate influence in politics has hijacked democracy.

The group are there in support of people who have this morning shut down operations at Adani’s Abbot Point coal terminal.

Spokesperson Matthew Bing said “George Christensen’s pro-mining and anti-climate change politics are a symbol of an Australian parliament that claims to represent the people yet in reality supports big corporations to lead us into climate breakdown for their own private profits.

“Statistics consistently show that the majority of Australians want action on climate change and do not want new coal mines opening up. Scientists are unequivocal in saying we desperately need to reduce carbon emissions to avoid disastrous consequences. Yet our politicians consistently support projects like Adani’s Carmichael mine, and shamelessly accept political donations and cushy lobbying jobs from the mining industry. Our democracy has been hijacked by corporate profits.

“If Parliament is going to consistently ignore the voices of everyday people, we are forced to take actions to disrupt the government and business collusion that is threatening our very existence.”

Earlier this morning, two people locked themselves to a conveyor belt at Adani’s Abbot Point coal terminal, shutting down operations at the port.