The Coal Council of Australia has welcomed the re-election of the Morrison government.
In a statement issued today, the Coal Council highlighted “The government has been a consistent supporter of the sector and has recognised its valuable economic contribution as a major employer, the provider of tax revenue and royalties and at $66 billion our largest export earner.”
“While elections are about an array of issues, it is important to note in coal-related electorates in both NSW and Queensland, Labor members and candidates recorded strong swings against them. In the two heartland coal seats of both states those swings were over 13%.”
Anti-coal policies concerning Adani, the suggestion of \’transitioning\’ of coal workers elsewhere and resisting coal-fired power generation have damaged the Labor Party, and as they reset their policy platform, they need to reverse their anti-coal positions.
Greg Evans from the Coal Council said ‘Suggestions that coal workers are second class citizens has rightly been viewed as insulting.’
Evans said that in the immediate period ahead, the ‘Queensland Labor government must now cease its reckless obstruction and let the Adani coal development proceed as Australians have indicated at the ballot box.’
He added ‘Secondly, strong coal demand over the next decade dictates that cumbersome and lengthy processes should not unnecessarily delay approvals for new coal mine developments and expansions. This can be achieved without compromising already stringent environmental regulations.’
‘Finally, as the new federal government considers opportunities to lower electricity costs, it should encourage proposals for new build HELE coal plants which offer the cheapest and cleanest energy for Australian households and businesses.’
The Coal Council of Australia said it will work closely with the government to achieve these objectives.
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