Too Close for Comfort
Gifts, donations for access, cosy relations: Report on mining approvals in Queensland
Too Close for Comfort : How the coal and gas industry get their way in Queensland. Examines the relationship between the Queensland Government and the fossil fuel industry. The report reveals a pattern of secrecy, a lack of accountability and transparency and a fast moving revolving door between the highest level of the bureaucracy and government, where political donations may well be just the tip of the iceberg.
The cosy relationship between the senior government representatives in Queensland and the resource industry is at odds with the fundamental principle that all interested parties are treated equally in the decision-making process. It also undermines the ability of Queenslanders to negotiate the best deal for the one-off exploitation of their non-renewable resources, and the protection of the community against the negative impacts of the states ever expanding resource industry.