Australia Mining leader appointed OECD diplomat
Housing crisis ousting residents, stunting growth in Australian mining communities
Rural towns, specifically mining communities, are suffering a housing crisis as rental costs and demand for homes soar. Local councils are urging the federal government to step in.Increasing rent prices along with high demand for housing are leaving many rural Australians out of pocket and overloading social services, according to social service groups and local councils.
Former Minerals Council boss Brendan Pearson has been appointed Australia's ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.
Mr Pearson was most recently a senior trade adviser in Prime Minister Scott Morrison's office and has held a number of roles in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
He has also worked with global coal giant Peabody Energy.
The appointment comes at a time the OECD is considering a ban - backed by the US, UK and Canada - on financing for coal-fired power generation which does not use carbon capture or sequestration technology.
DR Congo president seeks review of mining contracts with China
Democratic Republic of the Congo is seeking what it says is a fairer share of its vast mineral wealth.A statement after a cabinet meeting on Friday said Tshisekedi called for the “technical and financial details of Sino-Congolese contracts” at the next meeting.
Richie Merzian, the Australia Institute's climate and energy program director, queried the appointment, calling it another backward step for Australia's climate credentials.
"The Australian government already has a reputation as a lobbyist for the fossil fuel industry and the appointment of a fossil fuel lobbyist to represent Australia at the OECD in Paris does little more than cement this growing global perception," he told AAP.
Former finance minister Mathias Cormann took on the role of OECD secretary-general in June.
The body provides advice, analysis and research on a range of issues including trade, health, employment, agriculture, aid, energy, education, the digital economy and environment policy.
Alexander Robson has served in the ambassadorial role for Australia since 2019.
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