Minerals Council of Australia

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The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) is an industry association, notable for representing companies that generate most of Australia's mining output.[1] The MCA was founded in 1995.[2] It used to be known as the Australian Mining Industry Council which was established in 1960. The Minerals Council is an associate member of the World Coal Association.[3]

Activities[edit]

In an effort to integrate sustainability concepts into the mining industry members of the Council must release sustainability reports. Annual reports into the mining industry's safety and health performance data are published to encourage continuous improvement.[4]

Lobbying[edit]

The Minerals Council spent $15.78 million on advertising opposing the Minerals Resource Rent Tax and Resources Super Profits Tax in 2010.[5] 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.[5] Three weeks before the 2015 Paris conference on climate change, the group launched a "coal is amazing" campaign.[6] 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.[7] In the 2015 budget, the Abbott Government cut $460 million from CCS projects.[8]

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.[9]

Nuclear energy support[edit]

In 2017, the Minerals Council of Australia called on the Australian government to reverse legislation banning developing nuclear energy.[10] Following MP appeal in previous March, five reasons were given to support the removal of the nuclear energy ban: reliability, low carbon emissions, proven technology, affordability and safety.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Member Companies. Minerals Council of Australia. Retrieved January 2009.
  2. ^ Jarvie-Eggart, Michelle E. (2015). Responsible Mining: Case Studies in Managing Social & Environmental Risks in the Developed World. SME. p. 66. ISBN 0873353730. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  3. ^ World Coal Association, Members Directory
  4. ^ Gunningham, Neil (2007). Mine Safety: Law Regulation Policy. Federation Press. p. 195. ISBN 9781862875661. Retrieved 19 September 2017.
  5. ^ a b "Minerals Council throwing its weight around with 'amazing' coal campaign". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  6. ^ "What an 'amazing little black rock' did to social media". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  7. ^ Oliver Milman. "Mining industry's new 'coal is amazing' TV ad labelled desperate". the Guardian.
  8. ^ Lenore Taylor. "Carbon capture and storage research budget slashed despite PM's coal focus". the Guardian.
  9. ^ "MCA Board of Directors". Minerals Council of Australia. Retrieved 2015-05-20.
  10. ^ Zavattiero, Daniel (2017-09-01). "It's time to kick Australia's nuclear prohibition into the bin". www.minerals.org.au. Minerals Council of Australia. Archived from the original on 2017-09-03. Retrieved 2017-09-03.
  11. ^ Zavattiero, Daniel (2017-03-16). "It is time to end the ban on nuclear power in Australia". www.minerals.org.au. Minerals Council of Australia. Archived from the original on 2017-03-31. Retrieved 2017-09-03.

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