Adani scraps $2bn deal to outsource Carmichael coalmine operation

Decision to end Downer EDI agreement follows Palaszczuk government’s blocking of federal loan for the Queensland project

Adani has scrapped a $2bn agreement to outsource the operation of its controversial Queensland coalmine after the state government killed off a taxpayer-funded loan.

The Indian miner says it will now develop and operate the Carmichael project on an owner-operator basis after reaching an agreement with contractor Downer EDI to abandon their deal, which was reportedly worth about $2bn.

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Refugee advocates blockade Melbourne port in protest at offshore detention

Protesters call for sanctions on Australia ‘until the people on Manus are free’ as blockade causes significant traffic delays

Protesters have blockaded Melbourne’s container port in opposition to Australia’s offshore immigration detention regime.

The port – Australia’s busiest – was blockaded at three entrances on Monday morning, with protesters blocking road entrances and unveiling a banner that read: “All refugees in detention are political prisoners.”

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George Brandis tipped to get London posting in Turnbull’s cabinet reshuffle

Michaelia Cash and Christian Porter seen as possible successors to scaled-back attorney general’s portfolio

George Brandis is tipped to be Australia’s next high commissioner in London as part of a reshuffle expected to be unveiled by Malcolm Turnbull this week.

There has been consistent speculation about the attorney general’s position and the prime minister needs to adjust his frontbench to accommodate the departure of the special minister of state, Scott Ryan, and elevate the new deputy leader of the Nationals, Bridget McKenzie.

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