Three protesters have shouted at an Adani executive giving a speech at a major mining conference in Melbourne over its controversial Carmichael mine.
Anti-mining protesters have burst into a Melbourne conference as an Adani executive told the crowd the company's controversial Carmichael coal project is "not going anywhere" and will be built.
Muthuraj Guruswamy was halfway through his speech at the Melbourne Convention Centre on Wednesday when three suited protesters burst through a curtain at the side of the auditorium.
The protesters yelled "Adani has got to go" before being swiftly removed.
"The children are playing again, I will just not react to that," Mr Guruswamy said in response.
The Indian company has approval to build the massive Carmichael coal mine in Queensland's Galilee basin, which opponents say will put the Great Barrier Reef at risk and destroy the region.
About 150 protesters chanting "go home Adani" picketed outside the Melbourne venue, which was guarded by heavy security.
"I feel quite strongly about it and what they're doing to the environment," year 10 student Henry told AAP, standing beside a banner he erected along with a fellow student.
Mr Guruswamy acknowledged the opponents during his speech but said work is underway on the rail, road, accommodation and airstrip for the project, so the mine is "not going anywhere".
He said he was proud of the work done with traditional owners in the region and said at least 7.5 per cent of jobs would go to those communities.
Three traditional owner groups have signed an agreement with the company for the mine and one is still waiting to be registered, he added.
"You will see signs out there saying 'no means no', but for our side we have 294 people saying yes and one person said no in the voting process," he said.
"I have worked with all the six different players in the Galilee, so I'm not going to be standing here and feel ashamed that I'm working for the mining industry or Adani for that matter.
"The work has started, so it's not going anywhere and thousands of people will be entering into the jobs."
More than half of 2200 respondents quizzed in a recent ReachTEL poll either opposed or strongly opposed the mine, while 26.1 per cent said they supported or strongly supported it. Almost one in five (18.4 per cent) were undecided.
An ABC Four Corners investigation has aired allegations of bribery, corruption, tax evasion and money laundering by Adani-linked companies.
Mr Guruswamy said the company uses offshore tax havens, but all tax would be paid to the Australian government before any cash left the country.
"Australia will not get its share of taxes that it should get," he said, before correcting himself to say it will "not, not" ... get its share.