A way forward for Australia's coal communities

Publication - 27 July, 2005
Coalmining communities do not reap the benefits of their industry. A transition to clean energy offers a more healthy and sustainable working future.

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Executive summary: Four foreign-owned multinationals dominate Australia’s coal industry: BHP Billiton, Xstrata, Rio Tinto and Anglo-American. They produce 72 per cent of Australia’s coal. So most of the coalmining profits disappear overseas.In 10 years, coal industry employment has fallen, whileexports have boomed and coal prices skyrocketed. Jobs inHunter mines have fallen from 10,000 in 1990 to about 6800 in 2003, according to New South Wales government figures,while production has doubled.Only a fraction of income from Huntermined coal isreinvested regionally in infrastructure. The region suffersunemployment far above the New South Wales average. Itspoor health, education and transport services are constantly under threat of cuts.

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