New documents obtained by Freedom of Information by The Australia Institute show the Department told the Minister Adani may have been negligent. The issue was not pursued further.
The Department noted its new investigation found “criminal charges relating to forgery and fraud, and allegations relating to conspiracy, corruption and money laundering” but disregarded this as overseas and not relevant to Adani’s “environmental history”.
Instead Adani was “reminded of its obligations” and the information was kept on file to inform future decisions relating to Adani under Commonwealth environmental law.
The FOI also shows the Minister had already considered “significant environmental harm that had been caused by the organisation’s operation overseas” and environmental non-compliances in Queensland, included taking quarry material from crown land without approval (resulting in two infringement penalties), disturbances requiring rehabilitation, effluent leakages and delayed reporting of uncontrolled fires.