How big is the coal business in Queensland? We looked into it and it turns out it’s small business!96% of Queensland revenue is NOT from coal and 99% of people ARE NOT employed in coal.

How big is the coal business in Queensland? We looked into it and it turns out it’s small business!
96% of Queensland revenue is NOT from coal and 99% of people ARE NOT employed in coal.

The Tasmanian Government is considering risking $60 million in private investment into tourism to provide yet another bailout to forestry. Why is the government gambling Tasmania’s future by betting on a declining industry? The numbers don’t stack up. 

The Tasmanian Government is considering risking $60 million in private investment into tourism to provide yet another bailout to forestry. Why is the government gambling Tasmania’s future by betting on a declining industry? The numbers don’t stack up. 

Mining lobbyists have lately been desperate to find a way to dismiss our research into state mining subsidies. But we’re not the only ones concerned about the real costs of subsidising the mining industry. We’ve put together a little quiz - who said what about state mining subsidies?

Mining lobbyists have lately been desperate to find a way to dismiss our research into state mining subsidies. But we’re not the only ones concerned about the real costs of subsidising the mining industry. We’ve put together a little quiz - who said what about state mining subsidies?

Big mining - big rhetoric, little tax.

Big mining - big rhetoric, little tax.

Mining subsidies means there is less money to spend on schools and hospitals. Which would you choose?

Mining subsidies means there is less money to spend on schools and hospitals. Which would you choose?

The Minerals Council has been putting out some pretty vile images about us lately, but, as usual, we like to stick with the facts. This one’s from QLD Treasury.

The Minerals Council has been putting out some pretty vile images about us lately, but, as usual, we like to stick with the facts. This one’s from QLD Treasury.

Dick Warburton’s Renewable Energy Review was meant to come back with a way to scrap the RET & make electricity cheaper. Instead, it found that scrapping the RET would make electricity more expensive. It went ahead and recommended the two options that will costs consumers the most. Renewable energy - too important to dick around with.

Dick Warburton’s Renewable Energy Review was meant to come back with a way to scrap the RET & make electricity cheaper. Instead, it found that scrapping the RET would make electricity more expensive. It went ahead and recommended the two options that will costs consumers the most. Renewable energy - too important to dick around with.

Over 60 economists from universities and institutions around Australia have signed a statement calling on the government to stop citing a ‘budget emergency’ in Australia. Australia does not face any present or imminent debt crisis – despite what the Government’s rhetoric would have the public believe. The language of crisis has been used to justify a federal budget that unnecessarily cuts government programs, and undermines the proper role of government in the economy, especially in times of relative economic weakness.

Over 60 economists from universities and institutions around Australia have signed a statement calling on the government to stop citing a ‘budget emergency’ in Australia. 
Australia does not face any present or imminent debt crisis – despite what the Government’s rhetoric would have the public believe. The language of crisis has been used to justify a federal budget that unnecessarily cuts government programs, and undermines the proper role of government in the economy, especially in times of relative economic weakness.

To mark their first twelve months in office, The Australia Institute has stripped the Abbott Government’s commitments down to their birthday suits to determine exactly how they are viewed in the community. It isn’t all good.

To mark their first twelve months in office, The Australia Institute has stripped the Abbott Government’s commitments down to their birthday suits to determine exactly how they are viewed in the community. It isn’t all good.

In the end, even the Treasurer had to agree with us. There is no ‘budget emergency’. There never was a ‘budget emergency’.It took us a year of repeating it, but the message finally got through. 

In the end, even the Treasurer had to agree with us. 
There is no ‘budget emergency’. There never was a ‘budget emergency’.
It took us a year of repeating it, but the message finally got through. 

Apologising for his remarks about poor people not owning cars or driving, Treasurer Joe Hockey assured us all that he had been fighting for the most disadvantaged all his life. His budget will still impact most heavily on the most vulnerable in our community. Stop helping, Joe.

Apologising for his remarks about poor people not owning cars or driving, Treasurer Joe Hockey assured us all that he had been fighting for the most disadvantaged all his life. His budget will still impact most heavily on the most vulnerable in our community. Stop helping, Joe.

Discussing population has always been fraught in Australia, but there are some difficult questions that go along with our population growth. How can we provide housing without just increasing urban sprawl? Who is planning for the extra services we need, such as hospitals and public transport? 

Discussing population has always been fraught in Australia, but there are some difficult questions that go along with our population growth. How can we provide housing without just increasing urban sprawl? Who is planning for the extra services we need, such as hospitals and public transport? 

The Minerals Council released a report, which they said showed the high rate of tax paid by industry. Except that it doesn’t. It shows that they paid a low rate of tax.In fact, when we added up everything they paid, not just tax, using their own report, we found that their contributions made up less than five per cent of revenue. 

The Minerals Council released a report, which they said showed the high rate of tax paid by industry. 
Except that it doesn’t. It shows that they paid a low rate of tax.
In fact, when we added up everything they paid, not just tax, using their own report, we found that their contributions made up less than five per cent of revenue. 

….And it’s COAL, coal for Australia!!! This is the race we really can’t be proud of but we’re running ahead of other Commonwealth countries in CO2 emissions. Big mining is bringing home the coal medal for Australia in the very serious game of energy generation.

….And it’s COAL, coal for Australia!!! This is the race we really can’t be proud of but we’re running ahead of other Commonwealth countries in CO2 emissions. Big mining is bringing home the coal medal for Australia in the very serious game of energy generation.

The solar industry is hotting up! It’s growing fast, employing significantly more people than coal, and keeping electricity prices down. 

The solar industry is hotting up! It’s growing fast, employing significantly more people than coal, and keeping electricity prices down.