The coal industry has infiltrated Australia's federal government through a secretive network of ties, working to influence Australia’s political decisions at the highest level: right up to the office of the Prime Minister, Scott Morrison
Big Coal's network of influence over the coalition government
Coal is the number one cause of climate damage. It causes more frequent and intense natural disasters like bushfires while also polluting our water and air.
By pandering to the interests of the coal industry, the Coalition Government is putting dirty profits ahead of the health and wellbeing of Australians who want our nation to run on clean energy.
From furthering the fossil-fuelled agenda of current Prime Minister Scott Morrison, to helping to bring about the swift downfall of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull: the coal industry has infiltrated the Australian Government at the highest level.
WE’VE UNCOVERED THE WEB OF CONNECTIONS BETWEEN THE WORLD’S BIGGEST COAL GIANTS, INDUSTRY GROUPS, LOBBYISTS AND POWERFUL MEDIA ORGANISATIONS THAT SERVES TO HALT ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE AND STALL THE TRANSITION TO CLEAN ENERGY.
SEE THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN SOME OF AUSTRALIA'S MOST POWERFUL POLITICIANS AND THE COAL INDUSTRY
This report is based on interviews with dozens of political operatives, current and former staffers, executives of external lobby firms, and resources sector analysts; previously hidden details about the identity and background of federal ministers’ parliamentary staff; and publicly available information about listed companies and their operatives.
We worked with experienced investigative journalist, Michael West, to expose the web of ties between the coal industry and federal government via industry groups, lobbyists and media.