The Australia Institute has been at the forefront of Australia’s coal debate for more than a decade, with our research showing that, while politically powerful, the coal industry is a small employer, a reluctant tax payer, heavily subsidised and makes Australia a world leader in exporting climate pollution. Our research has been highlighted by former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and other world leaders calling for a moratorium on new coal mines.
Away from global summits, we have presented our work in town halls, RSLs and tin sheds assisting local groups opposing specific coal projects. Our experts have been involved in the major court battles against coal projects, contesting the economic modelling and jobs claims of Rio Tinto, Adani and others, while our submissions have been influential in rejections of mines and in reforming planning processes themselves. Our research has consistently shown that Australia can phase out the coal industry with minimal economic impact.