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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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 Holi, Indian festival of colours

Sydney, 22nd March, 2016


I  wish everyone a very happy Holi.

Holi is a well known Indian festival and is called the Festival of Colours.

This year, the official date of Holi is 23 March but these celebrations take place either side of the specified date.

Holi starts with Holika Dahan, which takes place on the night before Holi. People gather, sing, dance and party around the bonefire.

Rangwali Holi (festival of colour) takes place next morning. This is a free-for-all festival of colours. People play and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water. People from all segments, age and gender take part in the festivities. It is celebrated all over India and countries where Indians have migrated to.

People exchange pleasantries and good wishes, visiting homes of friends and relatives.

In Australia too, Holi festivities are organised by Indians in various cities. Only the other day, Strathfield Australians of Indian Sub-continental Heritage (SAISH) celebrated Holi in Strathfield Pak, in which I too took part.

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Remembrance vigil for Prabha Arun Kumar, Parramatta Park, 7th March, 2016

Sydney, 7th March, 2016

People assembled at Prabha’s Walk (Lane Way in Parramatta Park connecting Amos Street and Pitt Street) at 7 PM on 7th March, 2016.

I conducted the proceedings, as the co-ordinator of the Vigil.

The remembrance Vigil was to remember and reflect on the brutal murder of Ms Prabha Arun Kumar at 9.30 PM on Saturday, 7th March, 2015, while she was walking from Parramatta Station to her home in Amos Street, Westmead, after finishing the double shift of work that day. Murderer (s) have not been caught yet.

I spoke about the summary of the developments so far since 7th March, 2015. I outlined that from media reports and from Police comments, we know that the motives of Prabha’s brutal murder were not robbery and sexual assault. It was a well-planned and pre-meditated murder. I also said that we are not concerned about who they are, where they live and what their motives were. We just want them to be found, arrested and brought to justice.

About 50 people were present.

Parramatta MP, Mr Geoff Lee, Parramatta Police LAC Commander, Mr Wayne Cox, newly-arrived Consul General of India, H.E. Mr B. Vanlalvuwna and Mr Rajeev Kumar, Vice Consul, Consulate General of India were present.

People walked down in a silent procession from Amos Street side of Laneway (now called Prabha’s Walk) and assembled at the site of the Plaque with the name of Ms Prabha Arun Kumar, which was installed last year.

After welcoming the people, I asked Geoff Lee MP, Commander Wayne Cox and Consul General H.E. Mr B. Vanlalvuwna to say a few words.

Mr Lee talked about the lighting and CCTV installation in the Lane Way after Prabha’s death. He wished that culprits are caught soon.

Mr Cox said that Police are working very hard to crack this heinous crime. There is a specific Unit which is working tirelessly to catch the culprits.

Mr Vanlanvuwna said that he has joined the Consulate only 2 weeks ago, but the file of Prabha’s brutal slaying was the first one he went through to apprise himself of the matter.

A few other members from the community expressed their feelings and sadness. They included Rekha Rajvansi and Sashi Lal. Arti Banga of http://www.DesiAustralia.com and Indira Devi of Blacktown Voice provided commendable support.

Mr Pravin Gupta read out his emotional poem dedicated to Prabha and her daughter, Meghna.

Ms Jaala Edmunds, a woman who lives in the area, laid flowers on the park bench dedicated in Prabha’s memory. She said “I was touched when this happened and very shocked her last moments were spent here. I never met her but I always think about her.”

This was followed by a minute’s silence to reflect on what happened to Prabha and grief of Prabha’s family, especially her daughter, Meghna.

Flowers and Candles were placed at the bench, which has the Plaque on the name of Prabha.

National Media, local media and a few from Indian ethnic media were present.

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I have received this message from Prabha’s brother, Dr Shanker Shetty.

“Hello Dr Singh. I am touched by the effort taken by you and the your team in organising the vigil. I watched the video online and was moved by the no of people  who remembered Prabha even a year after she left Parramatta. 

The tributes online and in the newspapers are reflective of the  way the community has been affected by the incident and the  way they  have responded to this tragic incident.

I do not have the individual contact details of all who are involved /attended this event. On behalf of Prabha’s family, could you please convey our heartfelt thanks to one and all.
I reserve the final word of gratitude to you, You have dedicated your valuable time to some one who you have not met or known. Thank you.”

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http://www.parramattasun.com.au/story/3775192/prabha-remembered-at-community-vigil/

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/vigil-to-mark-one-year-anniversary-of-indian-woman-prabha-arun-kumars-murder-in-parramatta-park/news-story/9bf03d3b2e78c830a54304601356ba4b

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Dr Yadu Singh/Co-ordinator, Prabha’s Remembrance Vigil, held on 7th March, 2016

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Remembrance Vigil for Prabha Arun Kumar planned for Monday, 7th March, 2016

Vigil for Prabha Final

Please join the remembrance vigil for Prabha Arun Kumar

7.00 PM, Monday, 7th March, 2016

Prabha’s Walk (Corner Argyle and Pitt Streets), Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW.

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Murderer (s) have not been found, arrested and charged yet, 1 year after she was so brutally murdered

https://yadusingh.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/sad-and-shocked-with-brutal-murder-of-ms-prabha-arun-kumar-in-westmead-nsw/

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/indian-community-demands-answers-over-unsolved-murder-of-prabha-arun-kumar/news-story/82025082076ca9406a67f8a4c59195ab

http://www.2ue.com.au/news/anger-grows-on-murdered-indian-woman-in-parramatta-20150310-1409p8.html

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/parramatta/call-for-better-lighting-and-surveillance-cameras-after-murder-in-parramatta-park/news-story/b46493be9c5e194174a69bf0b5872ef0

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/prabha-kumar-nsw-police-investigate-possibilty-murder-was-organised-in-india-20160216-gmvuup.html

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Dr Yadu Singh/Sydney/28th Feb, 2016

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We are supporting Australian Republican Movement

Sydney, NSW

25th Feb, 2016

Our friend, and Chair of the Australian Republican Movement, Peter FitzSimons, wrote to me, exhorting Australians of Indian heritage, to join and support Australian Republican Movement.

I am a staunch Republican, and know, from my interactions & discussions, that a great majority of members from Indian Australian community are Republicans too.

You can start showing your support with signing this petition. https://www.change.org/p/australia-deserves-an-australian-head-of-state

Remember that India opted for one of its own to become the President of India, instead of having the British Monarch as the Head of the nation at the time of its independence on 15th August, 1947.

It’s about time!

Yadu Singh

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Peter FitzSimons wrote;

I write to you now as Chair of the Australian Republican Movement, though some call us “BUTTER” because we are on a “ROLL!”

 

But I digress . . .

 

We Australian republicans received some wonderful news over the weekend with Newspoll indicating that support for an Australian Head of State had jumped to 51 per cent! 
 
A majority of Australians now support the historic move toward a republic and we’ve barely even started campaigning yet. You beauty!
 
There is, of course, plenty of work still to be done. One area in particular that the Australian Republican Movement is looking to improve upon is in the diversity of our support.
 
One of the best arguments we have going for us is the fact that our system of government should, in every facet, reflect the multicultural, cosmopolitan nation we have become. To make this case even more powerful – we need to ensure that the ARM’s own supporter base reflects Australia in all its brilliant diversity.
 
This is where you come in.
 
Anecdotally, we know that the Indian community is one of the most, if not the most, proudly republican  communities in the country. And why wouldn’t you be? With a thriving democratic tradition, borne of one of the world’s most famous and successful independence movements, India has become the kind of mature and free-standing republic that we  can all be rightly proud of. 
 
It is exactly this kind of success story that we are trying to emulate now. I often like to say that to win their republics, the French had to storm the Bastille and the Americans had to forge the Delaware River to take on the Brits. I should add to this the fact that Gandhi and his followers had to march 400 kilometres from Ahmedabad to Dandi and endure many other privations . . .
 
We Australians only have to get up off the couch and get involved! 
 
And this is what I am asking of you today. If you really believe in the injustice of hereditary rule, if you really believe that a nation can only be truly great with one of its own as Head of State, then JOIN US at https://goo.gl/jVwReA.
 
Let’s show our fellow Australians that the republican cause derives its supports from all corners of this wide, brown land and from all backgrounds and walks of life.
Thank You

Peter FitzSimons AM
Sydney

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Dr Yadu Singh

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Australia celebrates Australia Day & India celebrates Republic Day, 26th Jan, 2016

Sydney, NSW

26th Jan, 2016

Australia celebrates its national day, Australia Day, on 26th January, 2016. It is a big day for Australians. It is celebrated all over Australia with patriotism, fun and fervour.

It commemorates the day when First Fleet landed at Port Jackson in 1788.

Indian Republic Day is celebrated all over India on 26th January. This was 67th Reublic Day. It commemorates the date on which Indian Constitution came into force in 1950, replacing Government of India Act 1935.

In Delhi, there was a splendid Parade at the Rajpath, which is in the heart of New Delhi. French President, Francois Hollande, was the Guest of Honour for the Republic Day celebration this year.

Indian Australians celebrated both the National Days by joining in the Indian Flag hoisting by Consulate General of India followed by taking part in various Australia Day celebrations all over Sydney.

Happy Australia Day!

Happy Indian Republic Day!

 

Dr Yadu Singh

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