Eric Abetz lashes out at Bob Brown for 'encouraging' Adani protest

Senator Eric Abetz
Senator Eric Abetz

Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz has lashed out at the Bob Brown Foundation for “encouraging” an anti-coal mining protest outside his Hobart office.

On Wednesday, the Australian Youth Climate Commission’s Tasmanian branch staged a protest at the premises of Senator Abetz’s office, challenging his support for the development of the Adani Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.

The Bob Brown Foundation – a not-for-profit headed by former federal Greens leader Bob Brown – spruiked the AYCC’s planned protest on Tuesday evening via Facebook.

The event will see protesters leave postcards at Senator Abetz’s office, detailing how they would rather the federal government spend the $1 billion earmarked for the mine.

“Head along and ask [Senator Abetz] to convince the [Coalition] that the Adani coal mine is a terrible idea,” the Bob Brown Foundation’s Facebook post read.

Senator Abetz said Dr Brown was “seeking to jeopardise investment in Australia”.

“The proposed Adani mine in North Queensland will create jobs and investment for Australia on a huge scale and will see coal being mined in a more sustainable manner than in other parts of the world,” he said.

“Bob Brown … conveniently forgets that he championed coal-fired energy generation when he irresponsibly campaigned against a renewable hydro scheme.”