Free coal contest Royalty subsidies to Queensland coal mines

by Tom Swann and Rod Campbell

As Queensland’s Government and Opposition compete to sweeten deals for the coal industry, open-cut coal mines in Queensland already get up to 17% of their coal for free compared with similar mines in NSW. At average export prices over the past decade, the benefit to Adani’s mine would have been $223 million and $1.3bn to the Galilee Basin. Polling in both Queensland and NSW shows support for ending this subsidy.

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