Why are Australian government’s — especially in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria — so enamoured with doing everything they can to promote an expansion of the coal industry? Continue reading The Australian Coal Lobby
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The last few months has seen a number of key coal project approvals and considerable public controversy over coal expansion plans. Uncertainty and volatility in the Australian coal industry continues amid uncertain economic signals from China and a sustained drop in coal prices. Meanwhile community opposition continues to grow as more and more people realize the negative impacts of the industry. Continue reading Industry update – November 2012
Successive Victorian Governments have eyed Victoria’s brown coal resources and seen a bonanza in waiting. With the world’s second largest brown coal deposit, with an estimated resource of 430 billion tonnes, its perhaps not surprising government’s see dollar signs and forget about the local and global impacts of new mines. Continue reading Victorian brown coal exports – pipedream or nightmare?
Last week I had the privilege to spend a day with farmers from around Wandoan and Taroom who are concerned about the expansion of coal mining in the region. I grew up in Rocky and used to visit school-mates on cattle properties around Taroom so I was looking forward to getting back up into that beautiful country again. Continue reading Mines vs farmers – a common story
We are clearly in a period of increasing volatility and uncertainty for the coal export industry. In August, Federal Resources Minister Martin Ferguson declared that “the boom is over”, only to be immediately contradicted by The Prime Minister and Trade Minister who both insist that the boom has a long way to run. Continue reading The coal boom is over – long live the coal boom