The McArthur River zinc-lead mine in the Northern Territory imposes significant environmental costs on the local community. Claims that it could produce government revenue of over $1.5 billion are based on flawed economic modelling that estimates tax revenues over a 1,000 year period.
The Australia Institute is today releasing a new FOI showing that the CSIRO pays membership fees to the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) of $10k a year.
The CSIRO is an associate member of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), the mining lobby group known for its forceful campaigns against effective action on climate change.
“The Minerals Council has been on the fringe of the climate and energy debate in Australia, opposing policies that would tackle emissions effectively,” Executive Director of The Australia Institute, Ben Oquist said.
Political donations in Australia are difficult to monitor as many go unreported. Only donations over $13,000 are disclosed to the Australian Electoral Commission. The majority of donations are likely to be under this disclosure threshold or hidden through other means, such as through associated entities or party fundraising events.
Australia’s mining industry is 86% foreign owned and has spent over $541 million in the last ten years on lobbying Australian governments through its peak lobby groups, which are dominated by foreign interests. Spending on lobbying by individual mining companies is not public information, but would bring this number up significantly.
This report finds that:
New research released today by the Australia Institute shows that the mining industry is dominated by foreign corporate interests that are spending hundreds of millions of dollars influencing our political process.
The report finds that:
What we do and don’t know about mines, closures and rehabilitation in Victoria.
Little data is available to the public on the clean-up from the mining boom. State government agencies often lack basic information on how many mines are in operation, with still less published on closures and abandonments.
The citizenship debacle engulfing the Nationals, and in turn the Coalition government, has as much to do with trust and integrity as it does with the constitution. Being consistent is important in business and in government.
[This article was first published by the Australian Financial Review - here]
After the Greens' Scott Ludlum and Larissa Waters resigned over citizenship issues, Barnaby Joyce declared "It's quite clear under section 44 you can't be a member of parliament and have dual citizenship. It's black and white."
Queensland government will be “substantially involved” in any loan to Adani under the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), as outlined by the Department that helped design the NAIF, in its submission to the Senate NAIF inquiry.
This account has been confirmed by the Queensland government’s own submission, which notes that Queensland’s “roles and responsibilities… through the assessment and approval process” includes a cross-government “Queensland NAIF Panel [that] has been formed to consider each Investment Proposal.”
The Palaszczuk Government risks a voter backlash as it breaks a clear election promise which ruled out subsidising the Adani coal project, according to a new report from The Australia Institute.
First, the Queensland government is ultimately responsible for a $1bn subsidised loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF). Secondly, the Queensland government has offered Adani a royalty ‘deferment’, reportedly worth hundreds of millions.
“The Queensland government plans to give two different subsidised loans, breaking its election promise - twice over,” said report author Tom Swann, researcher with The Australia Institute.
The Palaszczuk government’s special royalty deal with Adani remains secret after Treasury blocked a Right to Information request. 2000 pages relating to the ‘clear’ and ‘transparent’ royalty framework were almost entirely redacted. Public servants expressed concerns about analysing the deal after it has been offered.
The Queensland Treasury has refused to release the royalty subsidy deal with Adani, requested under Right to Information (RTI).
The RTI request sought the deal with Adani and the new “transparent” royalties framework under which the deal was offered.