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MoneyHelen Coonan appointed Minerals Council chair as coal tensions remain

02:00  26 may  2019
02:00  26 may  2019 Source:   msn.com

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Former Howard government minister Helen Coonan is appointed chair of the Minerals Council of Australia as the lobby group deals with internal divisions over its position on coal and climate The Minerals Council has faced internal divisions over the past couple of years over its advocacy for coal .

Coonan was appointed Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, with a seat in the Cabinet, in July 2004. It represented a change from her 2006 policy to allow the ISP to remain a neutral carrier and encourage On 1 November 2018 she commenced her role as chair of the Australian Financial Complaints "New Minerals Council chair calls for 'laser-like focus' on safety".

Helen Coonan appointed Minerals Council chair as coal tensions remain© Provided by ABC Business Former Howard government minister Helen Coonan has been appointed chair of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), as the lobby group recasts its political relationships in the wake of Scott Morrison's surprise election victory.

Ms Coonan's appointment, replacing outgoing chair and ABC director Vanessa Guthrie, makes her the first chair from outside the resources industry and comes after major players, including BHP and Rio Tinto, have over recent years threatened to quit the council over its pro-coal advocacy.

Ms Coonan — also an independent director at Crown Entertainment and chair of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority — was endorsed as the MCA's chair shortly before Labor's unexpected election loss.

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The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has announced that former federal cabinet minister Helen Coonan will replace Vanessa Guthrie Coonan has been appointed to the position for the next two years and will begin her role when Guthrie steps down following the MCA’s board meeting on June 18.

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The ABC understands the outlook for a Labor victory and the ability to open doors in Canberra were critical factors in the selection process.

In comments that will be welcomed by Adani and other miners, Ms Coonan said one of her key priorities would be to speed up approvals of mine projects.

''If Australia is to stay in front of its global competitors in an increasingly competitive world, we must continue to push for faster project approvals, greater sustainability and reforms in a whole range of policy areas,'' Ms Coonan said in a statement.

The former lawyer, communications minister and assistant treasurer under John Howard is well connected in Canberra at a time when mining companies Adani and New Hope have spent years lobbying for coal mine approvals in Queensland.

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Helen Coonan . Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts. Coonan was born in Mangoplah, New South Wales, attended the Mount Erin convent Catholic boarding school in She was a barrister and solicitor before entering politics. She was chair of the board of governors of

"I am honoured to be appointed chair of the MCA at such a great time for our world-leading Australian minerals industry," Ms Coonan said.

'The MCA is widely respected throughout Australia and the world for its strong and effective advocacy for our industry, its outstanding workforce and our regional communities."

Ms Coonan will become the MCA's major voice, in addition to chief executive Tania Constable, having used her farewell parliamentary speech in 2011 to defend criticisms of the coal seam gas industry.

Unlike Ms Coonan, outgoing MCA chair Vanessa Guthrie comes from within the resources industry and is the former managing director of Toro Energy and a current non-executive director at Santos.

Ms Coonan's appointment comes as mining giants like BHP and Glencore reconsider their investments in thermal coal projects given the bleak outlook for the market and greater investor activism for better disclosure about fossil fuel exposure.

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