The fossil fuel lobby is running a concerted campaign to exploit this global health crisis to further their agenda.

The demands for support from the fossil fuel lobby range from company tax cuts, to slashing Howard-Government era environmental legislation, support for import gas terminals and exploration projects, and cuts to mine workers’ pay and conditions. 

Use the filter to see the different demands, who’s asking for them and their status.

Showing 51 demands
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Christian Porter, Minister for Industrial Relations

Change industrial relations laws to allow mining companies to develop workplace contracts for the entire length of a coal or gas project. Unions are concerned this will reduce pay and conditions for workers over the life of a project.

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Government has Agreed

Government is proposing this change. Source

Strike Energy

Strike Energy’s West Erregulla Gas Project has been granted Lead Agency Status by the WA Government. Nev Power is the Deputy Chair of Strike Energy. Lead Agency Status means the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation will support Strike Energy with “… coordination of approvals across a range of Government departments.”

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Government has Enacted

The WA Government has granted Lead Agency Status to expedite the project. Source

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Queensland Resources Council

Seeking support from the Queensland Government to expedite the assessment of new mining projects, and rewrite Federal and State Government assessment processes.

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Government has made no comment

The Queensland Government has appointed Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane to the Industry Recovery Alliance. Source

Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction

Calls on state and territory governments to develop more gas projects to fuel a ‘gas-fired recovery’ from the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Government has made no comment

State and territory governments have different policies settings regarding gas.

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Senator Matt Canavan

Demands Australia withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement to limit global warming to less than 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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Government has made no comment

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Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association

Call for Government’s to open up more land for gas exploration and development and remove bans on risky onshore gas extraction.

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Government has made no comment

Queensland Resources Council

Demand the Queensland Government approve nine major coal mines including New Acland Stage 3, Eagle Downs, Winchester South Whitehaven, Alpha Coal Project and Olive Downs.

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Government has made no comment

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Minerals Council of Australia

Demand wide-ranging changes including a reduction in company tax to increasing mining profits, as well as “… expediting ­environmental assessments and approvals, reforming greenfields agreements and expanding incentives for exploration.”

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Government has made no comment

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Australian Mines and Metals Association

Seeking to change the Fair Work Act to limit the benefits paid to casual workers.

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Government has made no comment

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Federal Government and lobby groups

Allow the Clean Energy Finance Corporation to fund unproven carbon capture and storage, which will remove funding from genuine clean energy projects.

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Government has Agreed

The Government has accepted 21 of the 26 recommendations of the Grant King review into the Government’s climate policies, which includes supporting CCS. Source

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Unknown members of the Covid-19 Commission

Advocate for Government investment in a gas pipeline connecting West and East Australia to facilitate the expansion of gas extraction and use.

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Government has made no comment

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NSW Government

The Independent Planning Commission will have 12 weeks to decide whether to approve controversial and complex developments and mining projects, including Whitehaven Coal Vickery mine extension and the Narrabri gas fields

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Government has Agreed

The Independent Planning Commission will be forced to make these changes

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Minerals Council of Australia

Call for policy changes for the mining industry to pay lower tax, receive faster project approvals, and operate with less rigid industrial relations laws.

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Government has made no comment

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Anglo American

Change new gas monitoring regulations designed to prevent underground explosions at mines.

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Government has Denied

The Australian reports that Queensland Mines Minister Anthony Lynham rejected the push from Anglo American. Source

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Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

Advocating for deregulation of environmental law, and complaining about paying tax, blaming government for holding back investment.

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Government has Agreed

The government has signalled support for regulatory reform. Source

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Queensland Resources Council, APPEA, and the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies

Industry associations call for a fossil fuel industry support package which includes 12-month free rent on exploration licences, and opening up 7,000 square kilometres of land for gas and mining exploration. 

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Government has Enacted

Queensland Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham announced the $13.8 million support package, saying “A strong pipeline of exploration is critical to our future gas projects…” Source

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Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

Request the use of $300 million in public funds to invest in gas to hydrogen which would rely on untested carbon capture and storage or controversial market offsets.

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Government has made no comment

The Federal Government has announced a $300 million Advancing Hydrogen Fund, the role for gas is unclear. Source

Minister for Resources, Keith Pitt

Australian government has opened public consultation on 49 potential areas for offshore oil and gas exploration.

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Government has Enacted

This was announced by the Government. Source

AGL

Australia’s single biggest polluter, AGL, is calling on the Government to expedite the assessment of their controversial Crib Point LNG import plant in Victoria.

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Government has made no comment

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Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

Scrap an increase in royalties paid to the Queensland Government from selling gas for export and domestic consumption. The royalties are expected to increase from 10% to 12.5%.

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Government has made no comment

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Santos and NSW Government

Change current rules regarding public hearings to allow for the assessment of the Pilliga coal seam gas project to continue through the Covid-19 crisis.

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Government has Enacted

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Blue Energy

Seeking Government funding and sanction for a “shovel-ready” gas pipeline from Moranbah to Gladstone to open up a new gas basin.

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Government has made no comment

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NSW Government

NSW Government has deferred payments for exploration licences and assessment lease applicants by up to six months

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Government has Enacted

This was led by the NSW Government.

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Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction

Redirect investment from renewable energy to carbon capture and storage through a new Technology Investment Roadmap. Despite hundreds of millions of dollars of investment over several decades, Carbon Capture and Storage has proven unfeasible.

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Government has Agreed

Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction is leading this push, the Technology Investment Roadmap will be released shortly.

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Minerals Council of Australia

Slash federal environmental law which protects nature and threatened species so mining project assessments to be accelerated.

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Government has Agreed

Federal Environment Minister Susan Ley has committed to ‘tackle green tape’ and introduce new legislation this year. Source

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Minerals Council of Australia

Cut the company tax rate so the mining industry pays less to exploit and profit from Australia’s resources.

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Government has Agreed

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stated in the Sydney Morning Herald, the Government is considering cutting company taxes. Source

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Institute of Public Affairs

Gut environmental protections under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.

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Government has Agreed

Federal Environment Minister Susan Ley told The Guardian “Where there are opportunities to make sensible changes ahead of the final EPBC review report, I will be prepared to do so”. Source

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Western Australian government

WA government provides financial support to mining corporations by reducing mine safety levy.

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Government has Enacted

This was led by the WA Government. Source

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Santos

Gas giant Santos is requesting the Australian Government establish an emergency stockpile of gas.

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Government has made no comment

Minister for Energy Angus Taylor is quoted in the same news report as saying “Santos … is absolutely right that there’s a great opportunity for a gas recovery out of COVID-19.” Source

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Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction

Amend the Fuel Quality Standards Act to reduce fuel standards, and purchase almost $100 million of oil from the US to ‘improve fuel security’.

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Government has Enacted

Angus Taylor appears to have initiated this change. Source

Australian Industrial Energy, a joint venture backed by Twiggy Forrest.

Australian Industrial Energy has sought approval of a huge new gas import terminal at Port Kembla.

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Government has Enacted

The NSW Government has approved the proposal. Source

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Minerals Council of Australia

Maintain the diesel excise rebate which provides a huge fossil fuel subsidy worth $2 billion per year to the mining sector.

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Government has Enacted

The Government has shown no sign of reconsidering this fossil fuel subsidy despite the revenue-raising potential.

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Minister for Resources, Keith Pitt

Pitt announced a simplified application process to renew oil and gas exploration permits.

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Government has Enacted

This was announced by Government. Source

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South Australian government

South Australian has waived petroleum licence fees for oil and gas exploration. 

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Government has Enacted

South Australian Government announced these changes. Source

Keith Pitt, Minister for Resources

Exploit the pristine waters of the Great Australian Bight for oil, which would put the southern ocean whale nursery at risk. This is despite Equinor, Chevron and BP ruling out the project

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Government has Agreed

Keith Pitt is leading this push after key corporate plays have ruled out the project due to high costs. Source

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Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy and Emissions Reduction

Agreement between Commonwealth and NSW Governments to prop up coal-fired electricity generators through the Underwriting New Generation Investment (UNGI).

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Government has Agreed

Angus Taylor has led this push along with some in the mining and energy sectors. Source

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Australian Energy Market Operator, Australian Energy Market Commission and Australian Energy Regulator

Delay the implementation of the “5 Minute Settlement” – a new regulation in the National Electricity Market that would have encouraged the uptake of clean technologies like renewables and batteries.

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Government has Enacted

This has been put forward by the regulators responsible for its implementation. Source

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Minerals Council of Australia & APPEA

Urge the Productivity Commission to recommend sweeping changes to environmental protection laws and industrial relations. Examples of their ongoing campaign for deregulation are here and here

Government has Agreed

Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated the Government will rely heavily on the advice of the Productivity Commission during the Covid-19 recovery.

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Newcrest Mining

Change to the Corporations Act to restrict disclosure requirements for corporations, making it harder for investors and the community to hold companies to account.

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Government has made no comment

Treasurer Josh Frydenberg declined to comment. Source

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Australian Mines and Metals Association

Suspend workplace agreements to allow companies to cut workers hours, pay and conditions across the mining sector during and beyond the Covid-19 crisis.

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Government has Denied

Attorney-General Christian Porter rejected the claims, telling The Australian “… not the time for ambit claims for systemic or ideological changes to the IR system.” Source

Woodside

Approval sought for Woodside’s Scarborough gas project in the north west of Western Australia.

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Government has Enacted

NOPSEMA has approved the significant offshore gas project. Source

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Woodside

14 week rosters for workers, including 12 weeks on the job and two weeks in isolation, a move that the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union said could increase suicide rates and mental health problems.

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Government has made no comment

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Queensland Resources Council

Suspend and extend tenure requirements, which would mean companies can hold onto exploration projects longer without conducting any work.

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Government has made no comment

Peabody Coal

Approval sought to extract coal from three new longwalls, two of which will go beneath Greater Sydney’s drinking water reservoir.

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Government has Enacted

The Berejiklian government has approved the extension of coal mining under one of Greater Sydney’s reservoirs, the first such approval in two decades. Source

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Institute for Public Affairs

Scrap the Clean Energy Finance Corporation which would strip $10 billion of investment in clean energy.

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Government has made no comment

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Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

Support for scrapping the “water trigger” in the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act that allows the Federal Environment Minister to review the impact on water of coal seam gas and coal mines.

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Government has made no comment

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Minerals Council and APPEA

List mining as an essential service, to allow operations and Fly-In, Fly-Out (FIFO) work to continue – even in high risk places like the Northern Territory that have been closed to other outsiders.

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Government has Enacted

FIFO work has been continuing, despite concerns from local community members and even the former Resources Minister Matt Canavan, who wrote to the MCA asking them to stop FIFO work temporarily. The MCA refused. Source

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Woodside

Woodside stood down 400 contractors without pay.

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Government has made no comment

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Aston Coal

Change in the Maules Creek approval conditions, giving Aston Coal another year to find biodiversity offsets that they have failed to find for the last five years.

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Government has Enacted

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment changed approval conditions. Source

Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association

Victoria has lifted the moratorium on onshore gas.

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Government has Enacted

According to the ABC, the Andrews Government will introduce laws into State Parliament to allow drilling for gas from July 2021. Source

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Institute for Public Affairs

Strip the community of the right to challenge mining projects that damage the environment in the courts, by repealing section 487 of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) Act.

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Government has Agreed

Federal Environment MInister Susan Ley told The Australian “the way the EPBC Act is being used in courts is serving nobody’s interests.” Source

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