Bill Shorten, Australia needs investment & jobs

Sydney, 10 February, 2018

We, Indian Australians, have been following various reports coming out of print and digital media, and various television and radio channels relating to the Adani’s projects in Australia. As you would be aware that this has been the largest investment by an Indian company in Australia and has become a signature project strengthening ties between Australia and India. Adani has invested a lot of resources and time on its projects in Australia and continued to progress in-spite of huge resistance coming from anti-coal groups.

The information that we gathered from the publicly available information, they have invested over $3.3 billion in Australia since 2010. We as a community have been closely watching and monitoring the progress of this project and of late are getting very concerned about how a project of this magnitude is being unfairly targeted.

The projects that are being undertaken by Adani is a private investment and we normally do not comment on the positions taken and decisions made by a private company. However, the reports coming out of the media have caused us serious concerns as a community who love the Australian way of life and believe in providing ‘fair-go’ to everyone irrespective of one’s affiliation to a particular community, race, or sexual orientation.

We strongly feel that we are not giving a ‘fair-go’ to Adani, and we have been creating one hurdle after another. Again, based on the publically available information, we understand that Adani’s projects have gone through onerous approvals processes (at federal, state and local levels). These approvals were challenged at various courts of law (including the matters relating to the impact on environment), and after due consideration of all the facts, and based purely on the merit of the projects, decisions were given in favour of the company. Once the company has followed the due process and has adhered to the law of the land in which the projects are being developed, we believe they have full right to proceed with the business. If we raise the same issues that have already been considered during the approval processes and the court processes then we are conveying the message that either we do not wish to follow the verdict of the law or we are ignorant about the process undertaken. In either situation, this impacts negatively the company that is trying hard to develop the project.

We were dismayed with the backflip from Qld Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, during last election after supporting Adani Group for years. Crash politics was at play in her decision.

Our dismay is compounded with recent statements from the leader of the Opposition, Mr Bill Shorten, who seems to put his party’s interest before Australia’s interests. Votes of anti-investment Extreme Left groups in Batman seat of Melbourne are more important.

It is becoming very clear that the activists disguised as the protectors of the environment are not only disregarding the law of the land but also, to some extent, undertaking unlawful activities. This is clearly demonstrated by the protests to stop the rail traffic or disturb the operation of the port and creating life threatening situations.

We are also disturbed by the fact that the politicians (especially those with far-left views) are using the project for their political benefit. This is evident from the recent election in Queensland and the upcoming by-election in Batman – governments who have made various comments in media supporting the project in the past are back-flipping at the time of election to capture green votes. The parties may be able to garner few additional seats by using these petty tactics, however, we strongly believe that it undermines the fabric of a “fair go” and the Australian way of life.

In a democratic society, everyone’ voice needs to be heard. It applies to both the sides- activists as well as that of the proponents of the projects. Also, the oppositions should be based on facts and not on some ill-informed views and opinion.

Some important facts are:

– India is one of the lowest emitters of carbon dioxide on a per capita basis

– There are over 300 million Indians that do not have access to power

– The project is intended to provide electricity to thousands of villages in India

– Will generate significant jobs in Australia

India has been one of the fastest growing economies of the world. India with its huge middle-class population, in need of improving the standard of living of its masses through provision of luxuries of life, which we as Australians take for granted, is on the cusp of becoming one of the largest economies of the world. Australia is very well placed to benefit from the growth of India. The success of Adani project will provide a very positive message to the Indian investors who are looking to invest in a stable and investor friendly country. The trade between India and Australia will suffer a massive blow if we let our petty politics to jeopardize investor sentiment.

Adani Fact Sheet:

Adani has been building a long-term future with Queensland and Australia

Adani’s presence in Australia

• Adani commenced its journey in Queensland, Australia more than 7 years ago when it acquired mining tenement in August 2010 and have its presence in following business:-

• Adani Australia is developing the “Carmichael Coal Mine” project which will be the first mine in the Galilee Basin, Central Queensland.

• Adani Australia is developing multi user, open access 388 km Rail linking the mine to Abbot Point Terminal

• Adani Australia owns and operates existing Abbot Point Port Terminal.

• Adani Australia is progressing 2 solar projects located at Rugby Run, Queensland and Whyalla in South Australia

• Over $3.3 billion has been spent to date on the projects. It is the largest Indian Investment to date

• Adani Australia currently employs more than 800 people across all our operations.

Environment & Approvals Journey

• The Carmichael Coal Project has been granted approvals under 7 different Commonwealth and Queensland Acts.

• Adani has obtained 112 approvals and permits from both State and Federal government

• There are over 1,800 strict conditions across these permits and approvals.

• Adani had ZERO land holder objection to the Carmichael Coal Mine under the Environmental Protection Act 1994 or Mineral Resources Act 1989.

• Their approvals have been tested in the courts and Adani has won ALL the court cases to reach this stage

• All the litigations were filed by anti-coal NGOs to delay and disrupt the development.

• Adani has all the agreements (ILUA) in place with all 4 Traditional Owners. Only a minority of one group (W&J) has challenged the agreement which has been funded by foreign NGOs through back channels.

• In Summary, Adani has been subject to rigorous and at times multiple approval processes over nearly 8 years at both State and Federal level that have been tested and upheld in the courts resulting in net delay of approximately 3 years

Benefits of Project

• Adani Australia will create more than 10000 direct and indirect jobs at full capacity of mine

• Over $22 Billion in the form of Royalties and taxes which shall be reinvested by government into community

• The Coal from Carmichael project will replace the poorer quality of domestic coal burn in India and will reduce the associated carbon emission

• This project is intended to provide energy security to those in the 18000 villages in India that have no access to electricity and thus lifting millions of Indians out of energy poverty

• Will build a strong economic relationship between Australia and India

Important links:

https://t.co/46a86ELGGY

https://t.co/kG4N3H4FMo

https://t.co/jG8Amy1uiy

https://t.co/v2kvEhzpPr

As concerned people, we appeal to both sides of politics to provide confidence to the investors in Australia by providing unequivocal support for the Adani project who have spent years to obtain approvals from the government and through the court processes.

We as Australians should certainly provide assurance to the investors that Australia is open for business and would assist anyone who follows the law of the land with full support and protection for it to grow and at the same time benefit all Australians.

Finally, ALP and Bill Shorten should listen to people, Mayors and Union leaders operating in regional Queensland, who are supporting this investment, instead of listening to anti-investment extreme Left activists and groups. Bill Shorten and ALP should give a “Fair Go” to Adani Australia, and not backflip this late in piece after saying YES for years.

There are formal processes to go through for any development. If Adani Australia complies with all those conditions they have any right to go ahead with the development. One should be challenging the process that gives the approval, not the applicant.

Dr Yadu Singh

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Parramasala 2018 launched

Sydney, 9 Feb, 2018

(Parramasala, 9-11 March, 2018)

I was pleased to be at the launch of Parramasala 2018 by the Minister of Multiculturalism, the Honorable Ray Williams, at Parramatta River Foreshore, today.

The program for Parramasala (9-11 March 2018) was announced.

It was attended by Dr Harry Harinath, Chair of Multicultural NSW, Dr Geoff Lee, Local State MP and Mr Andrew Wilson, Lord Mayor of City of Parramatta Council. A big contingent of media was present too.

A glimpse of cultural performances was presented.

I was very pleased to know that the NSW Government has committed an additional $600,000 over three years to one of the State’s largest multicultural arts and cultural festivals, Parramasala.

Now in its eighth year, Parramasala celebrates the cultural diversity of NSW through music, dance, theatre, food and film, representing more than 40 nationalities with the theme of “Many Cultures. One Sydney”.

The minister said “Parramasala is a vibrant festival showcasing Western Sydney’s extraordinary multicultural identity, and its growth as an economic and social hub.”

“The NSW Government is committed to supporting the evolving arts and cultural scene of Greater Western Sydney,” he said.

The 2018 program features some of the best in international and domestic acts, including free concerts by Grammy-nominated group Hiatus Kaiyote and Grammy Award-winning Saharan band, Tinariwen.

Crowds will also enjoy the opening night multicultural parade, interactive drumming and dancing workshops and the delicious Masala markets.

As a partner in Parramasala, City of Parramatta Council welcomed the State Government’s extra funding for what has become the signature event on the Multicultural March calendar.

“We are proud supporters of Parramasala. Western Sydney is home to a lively assortment of cultures and the City of Parramatta is pleased to lead the way in showcasing the very best our region has to offer,” Parramatta Lord Mayor Cr Andrew Wilson said.

Parramasala Chairperson Dr GK Harinath OAM encouraged every member of the community interested in arts, music, food and culture to attend the festival this year.

“With a mixture of free and ticketed high-quality events, there is something for everyone at any age this year,” Dr Harinath OAM said.

Since 2016, the NSW Government has committed $2.2 million to secure Parramasala’s rightful place in our cultural calendar until

For more information about the festival, the 2018 program and for daily event schedules, see www.parramasala.com

Dr Yadu Singh

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Happy Australia Day

Sydney, 26 January, 2018

G’day everyone.

Today is Australia Day!

It’s our national day, which will be celebrated throughout the nation with a variety of ceremonies, picnics, barbecues, parades, citizenship ceremonies, announcement of Australia Day Honours & Australian of the year and fire works.

It’s a public holiday.

Australia Day commemorates Landing of First Fleet at Port Jackson & raising of the flag of the Great Britain at Sydney Cove on 26 January, 1788.

Enjoy Australia Day celebrations and festivities today.

I wish my co-Australians a happy Australia Day!

More details: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australia_Day

Dr Yadu Singh

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Happy Indian Republic Day 2018

Sydney, NSW

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Tomorrow, on 26 January, India will be celebrating Republic Day.

It’s a national day, which commemorates adoption of India’s constitution on 26 January, 1950, and is celebrated in every village, town, city and state capital of India, besides a grand celebration and a spectacular parade in the national capital, New Delhi.

This year, Republic Day is very special because 10 ASEAN heads of States (nations) are going to be gracing the occasion as the chief guests in New Delhi.

In Austraila, there would be Republic Day celebrations in the High Commission of India in Canberra and Consulate General offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Honorary Consulates in other places will do the same.

In Sydney, my friends and I will be at the Consulate General of India to celebrate Indian Republic Day between 9.30-11am on 26 January, 2018.

Happy Indian Republic Day!

Jai Hind!!

Dr Yadu Singh

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India-ASEAN relations on display in Republic Day 2018

Sydney/24 Jan 2018

Never before in the history of India, any Republic Day celebration had more than 2 heads of state, but this is going to change on 26 Jan, 2018.

This Republic Day, there will be 10 Heads of States, who will be on the VIP Stage, watching the parade on Janpath, New Delhi.

I am reproducing the details from Times of India article. https://m.timesofindia.com/india/history-will-repeat-itself-this-republic-day/articleshow/62626878.cms

Participating Heads of States are:

1. Myanmar state counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi,

2. Indonesian President Joko Widodo,

3. Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong, 4. Malyasian PM Najib Razak,

5. Thailand PM Prayut Chan-o-cha,

6. Vietnamese PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc,

7. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte,

8. Cambodian PM Hun Sen,

9. Laos PM Thongloun Sisoulith

10. Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah.

This shows how far India has progressed in its diplomatic relations with ASEAN with its “Act East” policy and how important a player is India now in the world geo-politics.

This is going to be a great sight to see Indian Prime Minister, Sri Narendra Modi sharing the VIP stage with 10 Heads of States on 26 January, 2018.

Jai Hind! Hindustan Zindabaad!!

Dr Yadu Singh

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Darling Harbour Cruise & Dinner with the Honourable Chief Minister of Chhattishgarh

Sydney/22 Jan, 2018

I enjoyed the Darling Harbour Cruise on board renowned Sydney Show Boat & dinner with the Honorable Chief Minister of Chhattishgarh, Dr Raman Singh ji and his wife Shrimati Veena Singh ji in Sydney. The delegation accompanying him was there too along with manager of Air India Sydney (Sujoy Kumar) and CEOs of SBI Sydney (Pranay Kumar), Bank of Baroda Sydney (Kavita Singh) and Union Bank of India Sydney (Pankaj Kumar). India Tourism Chief in Sydney, Kanchan Kukreja, was there too.

The evening was organized in the Honour of the visiting CM and his delegation by the Consulate General of India. Acting CG, Mr Chandra A and Consul, Mr SK Verma were obviously there.

I had plenty of opportunity to interact with the Honourable CM and the accompanying delegation. Mrs Veena Singh is from Rewa/Satna background and knows my part of Bundelkhand well. What a down-to-earth people they are! It was such a pleasure to meet them and interact with them.

Chhattishgarh is one of the top 5 states in ease to do business in India and is a mineral/mining hub of India. It produces plenty of electricity and exports it to other states. It has borders with 7 states, which makes it an attractive place to establish business and invest.

The Honorable CM is in Australia currently, leading a business delegation. He has been to Melbourne, Victoria , Brisbane, Queensland and is now in Sydney, NSW before flying back to India on Wednesday.

FYI, I post Dr Raman Singh ji’s interview with Pallavi Jain of SBS Hindi. https://www.facebook.com/dryadusingh/posts/1709323072467248

Dr Yadu Singh

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Jhansi’s Kalawati needs help, support and protection

Sydney, 20/1/18

I have just heard a very sad story involving a poor and old woman named Shrimati Kalawati. She is an elderly lady from a lower caste named Koshtha.

She is from Mohalla Sarai Jama Masjid, Unnao Gate Chowki, under Kotwali Jhansi in Uttar Pradesh (UP).

Jhansi is in Bundelkhand, the place I also originally come from. Bundelkhand is a poorly developed region of UP.

She is desperately poor and is being persecuted by people in her neighborhood because of a variety of reasons including attempts to displace her from her home to enable them (neighbors) to occupy her dilapidated small home.

This is sad, painful and heart-breaking.

I have requested the Honourable Chief Minister of my State Uttar Pradesh, Shri Yogi Adityanath ji and the administration to issue orders to relevant people (officials) to help this old lady.

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After an active campaign on Twitter, urging UP authorities (the Hon CM, Deputy Chief Ministers, Minister Swatantra Dev Singh, Chief Secretary UP, DGP, DIG Jhansi, Rahul Srivastav PRO to DGP, Nikhil Srivastava head of social media in CM office and a key OSD to the honorable CM and SSP Jhansi) to help this poor woman, a police team visited her. Words of assurance have been given. Things have started to happen. The system is moving.

Now what she needs is a Rashan Card & a connection for electricity. This is within the powers of District Magistrate of Jhansi. I have urged a few local people to help her in these matters. A message with this request has also been sent to the DM Jhansi directly.

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Further update: Jhansi’s Govt authorities have visited her again and provided further help. Thank you. This tweet from Jitendra Yadav (a local police person) outlines what is being done.

“#बूढी_माँ का #सहारा बनने के लिये

#Respt @myogiadityanath सर आपका बहुत-बहुत धन्यवाद,बूढीमाँ के घर SDM सर~COCiTy सर ~नगरआयुक्त सर~समाजकल्याण अधिकारी~पुलिस प्रशासन ने पहुंचकर माँ से बात की एवं खाने के लिये राशन भी दिया,माँ को #सोलर लैम्प व #सिलाई का समान भी दिया @snikhil_social 🙏”

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Sincere hanks are due to UP authorities to act in this matter. Thank you.

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Further update:

Dr Yadu Singh

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