Coal Media Releases

Greens and Lock the Gate must denounce dangerous protest activity

Australia’s resources industry is calling on The Greens and the Lock the Gate Alliance to denounce civil disobedience action at work sites across the country before someone is seriously injured. The APPEA and MCA recognise there is legitimate interest among landholders and communities on how resources are produced. Those issues are best addressed through open and transparent dialogue based on facts rather than through fear and threatening behaviour. In recent weeks we’ve witnessed protesters chain themselves to vehicles, dangle from machinery dressed as bats, lie in the path of vehicles and intimidate landholders who are happy to have exploration take place on their properties. In Bentley, in the Richmond Valley of northern NSW, there are reports today that anti-gas activists have installed steel spikes at the entrance to a dairy farmer’s property and on previous occasions have welded his entrance gate shut.
Yet the Greens continue to openly endorse civil disobedience classes as part of an untruthful campaign that claims to protect the rights of farmers. Apart from dangers to life and property, such campaigns prevent workers from getting to jobs that support their families and drain police resources from where they’re needed most. Instead of trying to demonise Australia’s resource industry the Greens have an opportunity today to show leadership, debate policy on fact, not emotion, and stop civil disobedience.


Reports today that the Climate Change Authority is proposing a 19 per cent emissions reduction target by 2020 demonstrates that the CCA has lost touch with reality. With thousands of jobs already lost due to a softening economy and failed climate policies like the carbon tax, the last thing Australia needs is one of the world’s harshest emissions targets.

No end in sight to soaring electricity prices

As the number of closures in the manufacturing and minerals-processing sector grows, it is worth reflecting on how and why the repeated warnings from these sectors about the debilitating impact of steadily higher energy costs were ignored. Less than a decade ago, Australia enjoyed the lowest energy costs in the developed world. It was an intrinsic part of our comparative advantage as a trading nation. But today that advantage has largely gone.


The carbon tax, the Renewable Energy Target (RET) and a range of other energy policy interventions at the federal and state government level are imposing steadily higher electricity costs on households and businesses. No other country has adopted such a unilateral assault on its comparative advantage. In its submission to the Federal Government’s Energy White Paper, the MCA urges the Commonwealth to reverse these policy mistakes by urgently repealing the carbon tax and phasing out the Renewable Energy Target – a $20 billion subsidy to the renewable energy sector to 2020; a cost that is borne by householders and industry. Australia does not have to choose between coal-fired power and a low emissions economy. Technological advances in more efficient coal-fired power stations and carbon capture and storage offers potential for base load coal power with a sharply reduced carbon footprint. As part of a medium term plan to keep energy costs down and carbon emissions lower, Australia should seek to capitalise on its rich uranium endowment by re-starting a national debate on nuclear power. Coal fired power is expected to increase by 76 per cent around the world between now and 2035. Nuclear power will grow by 51 per cent over the same period. Australia is well placed to meet a significant share of this demand – generating jobs and national income – with the right policies in place. This will require an urgent and sustained effort to reduce energy costs by abolishing the carbon tax and phasing out the RET, an ambitious deregulation agenda, a stable tax regime to promote investment, the streamlining of project approvals and a new round of workplace reform. Australia should use its participation in a range of global bodies to be a leading advocate for a global solution to the problem of energy poverty. Nearly half the world’s population has no or limited access to energy. An estimated 1.3 billion people have no access to energy at all.

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