Minerals Council Of Australia

Coal not the panacea for poverty

Stephen Cauchi Cheap coal-fueled electricity is touted by miners and politicians as a way out of poverty for developing nations, but apparently Africa hasn’t been listening.

Coal not the cure for developing world's energy needs, Citi group says


Stephen Cauchi Despite industry optimism about the role of coal in developing regions, United States financial services group Citi has a bearish outlook on the commodity.

Climate activism's new frontier is targeting fossil fuel investors

Green shoots: A young girl attends an anti-fossil fuels rally in Melbourne.

Michael Green Australia’s Uniting Church has voted to sell its investments in fossil fuel corporations and other groups are following suit.

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Cost of state mining and energy subsidies revealed

Coal and mining.

Gareth Hutchens State governments have spent nearly $18 billion supporting mining and energy companies over the past six years, a leading think tank says.

Australian coal mining threatens CO2 target


Tom Arup The forecast expansion of Australian coal mining and exports would be the world's second-largest contributor of new carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels if fully realised, research by...

Drinking on the job: what is acceptable?


Lucy Carroll and Philip Ly It's been years since Mad Men-style drinking was tolerated on the job, but in workplaces across Australia there remains a wide variation in where, when and how much alcohol is allowed.

Black mark for clean brown coal

Brown coal.

Tom Arup The Victorian government has quietly reclaimed a brown coal allocation in the Latrobe Valley.

No race to bottom in mining wages: Labor

Federal Labor MP Andrew Leigh says the government won't be supporting a race to the bottom on wages after a new report said the mining industry faces some of the highest labour costs in the world.

State royalties to cost more than mining tax - report

Mitchell Hooke

Lenore Taylor INCREASES in royalties charged by conservative state governments will cost many mining companies more in the short term than the minerals resource rent tax, the industry's peak body says.

Increased state role has Greens worried

Aboriginal traditional pwners at James Price Point in the Kimberley protesting against the development of a gas hub on their land.

Conservationists are fond of pointing out that if state governments had kept sole charge of environmental protection, there would be oil rigs over the Great Barrier Reef, a dam across the Franklin...

Forrest's tax claim piles pressure on Gillard

Prime Minster Julia Gillard

Phillip Coorey PRESSURE is building on the Gillard government to release the figures supplied to it by the minerals giants that were used to underpin its mining tax revenue forecasts of $11.

Coalition vows to claw back super rises


Phillip Coorey THE Coalition has vowed to take back superannuation increases granted to workers as part of its promise to rescind the mining tax.

Mining tax escapes Gillard's year of decision and delivery

Julia Gillard

Phillip Coorey THE mining tax has escaped Julia Gillard's declaration that 2011 will be a year of decision and delivery with the government not confident the legislation will even pass the lower house before the...

Anticarbon tax message is 'unfair'


Lenore Taylor THE secretary of the Department of Climate Change has accused industry groups of making unfair comparisons in their multi-million dollar television and print advertising campaign which describes...

Mining industry 'sin-binned' over MRRT forum

Minerals Council of Australia boss, Mitch Hooke.

The mining industry has accused the federal government of vindictiveness after it was left off the invitation list for October's tax forum.

Swan slams advertising campaign

Wayne Swan.

Phillip Coorey THE industry organisations planning an advertising campaign against the government's plans to price carbon were vested interests with no belief in economic reform, the Treasurer, Wayne Swan, said...

Wilkie sides with Greens after mining tax concerns

Independent MP Andrew Wilkie.

Phillip Coorey THE lower house independent Andrew Wilkie has cast doubt on the passage of the government's mining tax by siding with the Greens, who demand the tax be amended to make more revenue.

The Gillard dilemma

Illustration: John Spooner

Michelle Grattan After almost a year in office, the PM's popularity is plummeting. Is there any way back?

Impact on mining jobs trivial, report finds

Say yes

Adam Morton and Peter Martin Tens of thousands of people rally around Australia to 'say yes' to action on climate change.

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Miners among biggest donors to political parties

Mining companies and mining industry associations spent more than $8 million on political campaigning during 2010-11, much of it donated direct to the Liberal and National parties.