Documents obtained by the a news channel under the Right to Information laws showed that the Queensland Treasury and the Department of Premier and the Cabinet were frozen out of key government decisions about the controversial Carmichael mine project.

Senior Treasury bureaucrats were even 'uninvited' from a high-level meeting involving the company and the Department of State Development, the media report said.

“The documents outlining negotiations also show the confusion and suspicion among high-ranking Queensland bureaucrats about the decision-making process," it added. The report cited the then head of Treasury's warning, saying, "I would prefer to keep at arm's length at present, and not get trapped into a set-up".

The documents showed the set-up he feared was not from Adani, but from the Department of State Development under then Deputy Premier Jeff Seeney, whose Department was driving the negotiations with the Indian mining giant. "Those talks led to draft agreements that were signed without consultation with the Department of Premier and Cabinet or with Treasury," the report explained.

It said that in one email, a Treasury official complained about how the Department of State Development was handling the drafting of a paper about rail and infrastructure options for the Galilee Basin, saying a colleague in State Development was most reluctant to give me any detail or the actual paper.

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