Minerals Council of Australia

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The Minerals Council of Australia is an industry association, notable for representing companies that generate most of Australia's mining output.[1] It used to be known as the Australian Minerals Industry Council. The Minerals Council is an associate member of the World Coal Association.[2]

Lobbying[edit]

The Minerals Council spent $15.78 million on advertising opposing the Minerals Resource Rent Tax and Resources Super Profits Tax in 2010.[3] The group spent close to $23 million in advertising during 2011 and 2012, then $1.67 million in the 2013 election year, and $60,541 in 2014.[3] Three weeks before the 2015 Paris conference on climate change, the group launched a "coal is amazing" campaign.[4] The campaign asserted that carbon capture and storage is "now a reality" despite only one facility operating in the world, and no plans to bring facilities online in Australia until the 2020s.[5] In the 2015 budget, the Abbott Government cut $460 million from CCS projects.[6]

Governance[edit]

The Minerals Council of Australia is governed by a board of directors. As of May 2015, board membership includes representatives from the following resources companies: MMG Limited, Glencore, Newcrest Mining, Paladin Energy, Wesfarmers Resources, Anglo-American Coal, Rio Tinto Australia, AngloGold Ashanti Australia, Toro Energy, BHP Billiton, Peabody Energy, EDI Mining and Newmont Asia Pacific.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Member Companies. Minerals Council of Australia. Retrieved January 2009.
  2. ^ World Coal Association, Members Directory
  3. ^ a b "Minerals Council throwing its weight around with 'amazing' coal campaign". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  4. ^ "What an 'amazing little black rock' did to social media". The Sydney Morning Herald. 
  5. ^ Oliver Milman. "Mining industry's new 'coal is amazing' TV ad labelled desperate". the Guardian. 
  6. ^ Lenore Taylor. "Carbon capture and storage research budget slashed despite PM's coal focus". the Guardian. 
  7. ^ "MCA Board of Directors". Minerals Council of Australia. Retrieved 2015-05-20. 

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