Let's blow this mess wide open
NAIF (the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility) is the secretive government agency that could be about to handover $1 billion to mining giant Adani to help them build their monster Carmichael coal mine.
Out of the 7 people on the NAIF board, five have strong ties to the mining industry. Including one of Matt Canavan's close personal friends.
Turnbull government ministers like Matt Canavan and Barnaby Joyce have been loudly pressuring NAIF to give money to Adani.The Productivity Commision has warned that this kind of interference could compromise NAIF's integrity and independence.
NAIF's also copped a lot of criticism over the lack of transparency around its internal processes and governance practices.
Now NAIF is being hauled in front of a senate enquiry, where they'll be forced to explain what they're up to. So while NAIF is copping a grilling in the senate, let's make sure they're hearing from the community too.
Can you contact the board of NAIF and ask them to call off this ridiculous taxpayer handout for Adani?
- Make it personal. Tell the board members why you want a safe climate and a healthy Reef and how Adani's coal project threatens both.
- ReachTel polling commissioned by GetUp members shows that 74% of people don't see Adani's rail line as a good use of $1 billion in public money.
- The board should be aware that Adani have a worrying track record of environmental destruction, corruption and human rights abuses. You might want to share some of the recent ABC investigations that have revealed that Adani are facing multiple investigations for financial crimes and corruption, and that the rail line being bankrolled with our money is ultimately owned in the notorious tax haven of the Cayman Islands. Here's some links to the stories:
- Adani companies facing multiple financial crime, corruption probes, ABC Online, 22 December 2016
- Adani's Galilee Basin complex corporate web spreads to tax havens, ABC Online, 21 December 2016
- You could also mention that there's at least three mandatory NAIF criteria that Adani's project does not meet:
- It will not be of public benefit
- It's unlikely to be refinanced or repaid
- It cannot proceed without NAIF financial assitstance
Our friends at Greenpeace have written an excellent report on Adani's eligibilty for NAIF funding. Click here if you'd like to have a read.
Send a message to the board of NAIF
Let the board of NAIF know why you oppose government funding going to Adani. We encourage you to use your own words, but if you're not sure what to say there are talking points on the left to help get you started.
Most of all - please remember to be polite! NAIF board members are people too, and they're more likely to listen if we remain courteous and respectful.