Mining industry suffering because of coal's bad image: AI

THE mining industry has had a miserable time in public’s eyes in the past 10 years because of the Minerals Council of Australia’s support of the thermal coal industry, the Australia Institute research director Rod Campbell has told Future of Mining Sydney 2018.

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Coal has been the focus of protestors to the exclusion of other minerals.

The achievements of the industry in areas such as safety and stewardship of the environment had been overshadowed by the MCA's support of coal-fired electricity and the Adani coal mine, he said.   
 
In the past year there were 2300 media articles on mining, with 1600 of those on coal, while other sectors such as lithium or copper had only got less than a hundred.
 
"It's largely because the MCA has been focused on the coal industry," Campbell said.
"The use of thermal coal should be phased out. It's a global problem."
 
Campbell said Adani had been guilty of misinformation in claiming the proposed Carmichael mine complex would employ 10,000 workers.
 
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