Coal sector calls for support
The coal industry is pushing the re-elected Morrison government to support building new coal-fired power stations and cut approvals processes for new mines.
The Coal Council of Australia (CCA) has released a statement welcoming the election result.
“While elections are about an array of issues, it is important to note in coal-related electorates in both NSW and Queensland, Labor members and candidates recorded strong swings against them,” the CCA chief executive, Greg Evans, said.
Some of Australia’s coal centres - Dawson and Capricornia in Queensland and Hunter in NSW - voters delivered double-digit swings to the government.
The coal council is a lobby that formed out of a split among members of the Minerals Council of Australia over climate policy.
The group does not support “transition” policies to assist miners and coal communities to move away from non-renewable industries.
“Suggestions that coal workers are second-class citizens has rightly been viewed as insulting,” Mr Evans said.
“Strong coal demand over the next decade dictates that cumbersome and lengthy processes should not unnecessarily delay approvals for new coal mine developments and expansions. This can be achieved without compromising already stringent environmental regulations.
“As the new federal government considers opportunities to lower electricity costs, it should encourage proposals for new build [high energy, low emissions] coal plants which offer the cheapest and cleanest energy for Australian households and businesses.”
Research by the Queensland Resources Council, leaked to the Australia Institute, shows the coal sector is “nearing crisis”.