Australian model strips to protest coalmine

Last updated 10:41 31/07/2014
Robyn Lawley

NAKED MESSAGE: While we're used to seeing Robyn Lawley posing in swimwear and lingerie, her nude selfie protest is a whole different ballgame.

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BARING ALL: Robyn Lawley's political strip has received more than 1900 likes on Instagram.

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Popular Australian model Robyn Lawley has stripped down to protest against the federal government's approval of coalmine project off the Queensland coast.

The 25-year-old model, who rose to fame after appearing on the cover of both Vogue Italia and Vogue Australia's first plus-size issues in 2011, posted a semi-naked photo of herself on Instagram with the words ''Stop Coal Mining'' scrawled across her stomach with red lipstick.

''Coal is soon going to be a dead commodity only bought buy [sic] irresponsible countries who do not care about climate change and the damage on the world. I'm shocked and feel powerless so I decided to get people to read this one way or another, we have to stop them.....before its [sic] too late,'' she wrote to her 65,900 followers.

Lawley, who is now based in New York, was speaking out about the Carmichael coalmine project which Australian Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt approved on Monday, two months after Queensland's Campbell Newman-led government signed off on the environmental approvals.

''Heres [sic] some more facts about this particular mine 28 thousand hectares big, taking over 20 thousand hectares of native bushland 4 x fossil fuel emissions than the country of New Zealand 12 billion liters [sic] of water per year with the coalmine to have a lifespan of 90 years the extinction of the black throated finch for a mine owned by Adani - instead of joining countries such as Germany and introducing more renewable energy to protect our great land for us and future generations, we continue to go backwards,'' she wrote.

The lingerie model and swimwear designer is a passionate advocate for the environment, regularly posting and sharing links from Greens and ALP senators with her 59,000 fans on her public Facebook page.

The Carmichael coal deposit in the Galilee Basin will be developed by Indian utility company Adani. It is planned to be a 60-million-tonne-a-year steaming coalmine, making it one of the largest mines in the world.  

The Australian government has imposed 36 strict conditions on the project near Clermont and its subsequent 300 kilometre rail network, which will connect the mine to the Abbot Point coal port, near the Great Barrier Reef.

The mine, which will have a 60-year lifespan, is expected to create more than 3900 jobs and have an annual resource value of $5 billion, despite the falling prices of coal over the past three years.

''The absolute strictest of conditions have been imposed to ensure the protection of the environment, with a specific focus on the protection of groundwater,'' Mr Hunt said in a statement.

''I am pleased that we have been able to apply some of the strictest environment conditions in Australian history as part of this decision.''

Lawley is not the first Australian model to use her body as a placard for political purposes.

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- Sydney Morning Herald


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