Resource minister defends decision to approve Adani mine

RESOURCES Minister Josh Frydenberg has argued there was a "strong moral case" for approving the controversial Adani Carmichael coal mine.

Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved the mine for the second time last week, after a court case found advice on two threatened species were not taken into account in the first approval.

While the mining industry welcomed the approval, environmental groups have already proposed launching another court action to prevent the massive Galilee basin mine going ahead.

Mr Frydenberg on ABC TV on Sunday said he believed there was a moral case for approving it, because it could help lift "millions" of Indians out of "energy poverty".

Adani would still need to produce new management plans before work could start.

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