Australia Radical activism threatens mining: PM
Queensland's reported plans to deny coal mine licenses spell 'beginning of end'
Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian MacFarlane has said denying coal mine leases would spell “the beginning of the end for the mining industry in Queensland”. The Australian newspaper has reportedly uncovered a series of emails on Tuesday, between the Queensland Energy Department and mining officials, describing plans to enable “bureaucrats to deny mining leases in Queensland because of emissions somewhere else in the world”. Mr MacFarlane said the law would mean “basically any new mine would be declined on that, under those criteria."“It’s crazy, I mean it’s the biggest employer in regional Queensland.
The Prime Minister is examining ways to outlaw the "indulgent" practice of businesses refusing to provide services like banking or insurance to the coal sector.
In a speech to the Queensland Resources Council, Scott Morrison will tell Australian corporations to listen to the "quiet shareholders" and not environmental protesters.
At the same time he will announce a new tertiary education partnership with the mining industry.
City commuters warned as protesters plan to swarm major mining conference
Climate protesters may again cause disruptions in Melbourne's CBD with activists planning to blockade a major mining conference over four days. Activists were meeting on Clarendon Street outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 6am on Monday, to picket the International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) which is running until Thursday. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
He will say a threat to the future of mining was coming from a "new breed of radical activism".
"Apocalyptic in tone. It brooks no compromise. It's all or nothing. Alternative views are not permitted," Mr Morrison will say.
He will point to the "worrying development" of environmental groups targeting businesses or firms involved in the mining sector.
Mr Morrison will say businesses were also refusing to provide banking, insurance or consultancy to businesses in the coal sector.
"I think some of our largest corporations should listen to, and engage, their 'quiet shareholders', not just their noisy ones," Mr Morrison will say.
"Let me assure you this is not something my government intends to allow to go unchecked."
"Together with the attorney-general, we are working to identify mechanisms that can successfully outlaw these indulgent and selfish practices that threaten the livelihoods of fellow Australians."
Climate activists rally to shut down Melbourne mining event
Hundreds of climate protesters have converged on a Melbourne conference centre in a bid to stop an international mining conference from going ahead. From 6am today, activists from 11 different groups began blocking entry to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre amid a heavy police presence. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
But Mr Morrison will admit the government "can't force one Australian company to provide a service to another".
Under the new skills program, the mining industry will work with the government to develop VET courses so it can recruit straight into the sector.
Mr Morrison will say this was about ensuring employers were in the "driver's seat of the national training system".
The government already has two of these pilot Skills Organisations in human services care and digital technologies.
"We know that mining is a high-skill, high-wage industry and this is a further statement of confidence in the industry's future," Mr Morrison will say.
"We want to be the world's number one investment destination. And that's about much more than what we've got in the ground. It's about our whole business ecosystem."
Unemployed father-of-five down to his last $90 after being rejected for 1,000 jobs takes to the side of a road with a sign in last-ditch bid to find work .
Chad Pallett has taken to holding a sign with the words 'need work' and his mobile number scrawled on it after being rejected for over 850 jobs in and around Ipswich in Queensland.An unemployed father-of-five has gone to extreme lengths to find a job after leaving the mining industry to be closer to his family.
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