The Adani Mining Pty Ltd is confident of commencing construction of the Carmichael mine by mid-2017, which will be Australia's largest coal mine, despite growing concerns and protests from environmental and indigenous groups that it will jeopardise the Great Barrier Reef and Aboriginal heritage. There were protests in Melbourne and Townsville, where Adani announced that he will set up the headquarters of the project.

Australia’s parliament on Tuesday passed a landmark carbon tax legislation that will force the top 500 polluting companies to pay A$24 per tonne for carbon emissions from July 1 next year.