Editor's note

Days after the shock federal election result, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk called for an end to the delays over the Adani mine’s environmental approvals. Little more than a week later, her government has delivered, ticking off Adani’s plan to monitor the endangered black-throated finch, in whose habitat the Carmichael mine would reside.

The decision leaves the controversial project with just one environmental hurdle left to clear. And it comes less than a month after an earlier draft of Adani’s finch management plan was sent back to the drawing board after being slated as inadequate by an expert review panel. Five of those experts describe how the updated plan still falls well short of the rigour we should expect from a mining company with the future of an endangered species in its hands.

Michael Hopkin

Environment + Energy Editor

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Given the time available, the black-throated finch could have been one of the best-studied birds in Australia. Eric Vanderduys/AAP Image

Adani’s finch plan is approved, just weeks after being sent back to the drawing board

Stephen Garnett, Charles Darwin University; Brendan Wintle, University of Melbourne; David Lindenmayer, Australian National University; Don Franklin, Charles Darwin University; John Woinarski, Charles Darwin University

The Queensland government has green-lit an updated version of Adani's plan to protect the black-throated finch at its Carmichael mine site, after the earlier plan was branded inadequate.

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