Coal - The hard facts.

Over the last decade, coal use has grown more strongly than any other energy source.

Iron Country: Unlocking the Pilbra

The vital importance of the iron ore industry to Australia’s modern prosperity is widely recognised. Less appreciated perhaps is the industry’s remarkable back-story.

A Fossil Fuelled Future

As the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change acknowledges, a strong future for coal and lower CO2 emissions are not mutually exclusive.

The Benefits of the Boom

John Edwards has claimed that the mineral commodity boom had minimal positive impact on the economy, contributing no more than 3 per cent of GDP. In a new MCA Background Paper, economist Jonathan Pincus refutes this conclusion. Pincus finds that “the benefits of the boom as estimated by Edwards should be scaled up considerably, by up to a factor of four”.

COAL: Power to the People

New analysis by the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research concludes coal “accounts for about 40 percent of all global electricity production” and “will likely maintain its dominant role for decades to come.”

Australia Institute Exposed

A new report by the former Secretary of the New South Wales Treasury makes it indisputably clear that the Australia Institute’s analysis of the mining sector cannot be trusted. The Institute is little more than the research arm of The Australian Greens party.

Australia’s Mining Boom

The Bureau of Resources and Energy Economics says the mining boom has had “broad, positive effects on the Australian economy”, supporting “increased employment, regional development and increased revenues for both federal and state governments.”

Australia’s Mining Boom

A Reserve Bank of Australia research paper found that by 2013 the mining boom raised real per capita household income by 13 per cent, increased real wages by 6 per cent and lowered the unemployment rate by about 1.25 per cent – the equivalent of 150,000 jobs.

Mining’s Tax Contribution

Over the last decade, revenues from company tax and royalties have totalled more than $156 billion. The mining industry’s share of company tax has trebled from 8 per cent to around 25 per cent over that time.

Australian Mining

These are stories of Australian Mining. They're the stories of our nearly 200,000 employees, and the 600,000 who earn their living in mining-related jobs.

Support for Coal

Prime Minister Tony Abbott speaking in Moranbah, Queensland on 13 October 2014.

Minerals Council of Australia - Latest News and Events

Submission to the review of the Victorian Climate Change Act 2010

The MCA supports the development of polices and measures within the context of national and international deliberations on climate change.

MCA Submission to 457 Integrity Review: Training Fund Contribution Proposal

The MCA welcomes the opportunity to respond to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection proposal to replace the current training benchmarks which apply to businesses sponsoring visa holders under the subclass 457 visa program with an annual training fund contribution.

OXFAM ENERGY STUDY SHOULD STICK TO FACTS NOT IDEOLOGY

The report by OXFAM Powering up Against Poverty is a misguided analysis that argues developing countries should have restricted access to energy and therefore be denied the opportunities for human and economic progress that affordable and reliable electricity can bring.

DELAY TO AUSTRALIA’S TRADE DEAL WITH CHINA WILL IMPOSE $110 MILLION BURDEN ON COAL EXPORT TRADE

A delay to the start of the China Australia Free Trade Agreement into early 2016 will cost the Australian coal export trade up to $110 million dollars, give Indonesian exporters an unexpected boost and add a new risk to employment in key regional communities.

2030 RENEWABLE ENERGY TARGET WILL HARM AUSTRALIA’S COMPETITIVENESS

Policy measures to require an increase in the share of renewable energy to 50 per cent by 2030 will be economically costly, punish household and industrial energy users and harm Australia’s competitiveness.

CHINA AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT: CFMEU CAMPAIGN

The minerals sector is disappointed that the Federal Opposition has associated itself with a scaremongering CFMEU campaign against the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).

INDUSTRY BLUEPRINT FOR FUTURE MINERALS EXPLORATION

Ensuring Australia remains a premier supplier of mineral commodities relies critically on the discovery of new mineral deposits. Exploration carries significant financial risk, with only a small fraction of expenditure resulting in the discovery of viable mining deposits.

MCA opening statement to the Joint Parliamentary Committee into Free Trade Agreements

The minerals sector strongly supports the pursuit, by successive governments, of bilateral and regional free trade agreements. Since 1983 Australia has completed nine bilateral agreements and one multi-party agreement and is currently negotiating seven new agreements. To varying degrees, all of these agreements have delivered real and practical benefits to Australia’s minerals exporting sector.

SUBMISSION TO THE 2015 DRAFT REPORT OF THE TARCOOLA-DARWIN RAILWAY: 10 YEAR REVIEW

The Minerals Council of Australia - Northern Territory Division welcomes the opportunity to make this submission on the Essential Services Commission of South Australia’s 2015 Draft Report of the Tarcoola-Darwin Railway: 10-year Review of Revenues.

Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessment – Industry Guide

In areas of multiple existing or proposed operations, the understanding, assessment and management of cumulative environmental impacts is becoming an area of greater focus by both industry and government.

Submission to the Victorian State Environment Protection Policy (Waters) Review

The Victorian minerals industry is not a significant water (surface water and groundwater) user or generator, however water availability and security of supply is a critical business risk for the industry as water input is essential to mining and minerals processing and to maintaining safety.

NEIL LAWRENCE

The Australian minerals industry is deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Neil Lawrence.  Neil was a man of integrity and remarkable talent, and above all, a good and decent person. Our deepest sympathies are with his family and his many friends.

SD15
7-9 Oct 2015 Fremantle WA

The annual Sustainable Development Conference is recognised as the leading minerals industry forum to discuss and debate sustainable development and its practical implementation.