Korea-Japan visit to strengthen critical minerals, hydrogen trade

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan will travel to Korea and Japan next week to promote Australia’s burgeoning critical minerals sector and emerging hydrogen industry. Read more

Report finds Bight exploration subject to rigorous assessment

An independent audit by Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO released by the Government today has found the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority (NOPSEMA) is applying stringent environmental regulation in considering applications for oil exploration in the Great Australian Bight. Read more

Federal Court decision on Queensland Shark Control Program

We note yesterday’s Federal Court decision in relation to shark control measures within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.  We are concerned about the decision’s implications for the protection of human life in the Great Barrier Reef and the health of the tourism industry in North Queensland. Read more

NAIF funding for first substantially indigenous-owned iron ore project

A $12.5 million loan from the Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF) will help fund the nation’s first substantially Indigenous-owned and operated iron ore mine, a project that will support hundreds of jobs in the Pilbara. Read more

Canavan opens new coking coal mine in Queensland

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan has officially opened the Byerwen coal mine in Queensland’s Bowen Basin, an operation which will deliver around 10 million tonnes of hard coking coal to be used in steel production in overseas markets each year. Read more

Labor-Greens alliance kicks New Acland workers in the guts

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan has condemned Labor for siding with the Greens this morning in an attempt to vote down a motion supporting workers at the New Acland coal mine. “It is to Labor’s eternal shame that it has worked with the Greens to vote against a motion in the Senate today which recognised the importance of Queensland’s resources sector and the New Acland coal mine, and called on the Queensland Government to not allow its approval processes to be delayed by judicial activism,” Minister Canavan said. Read more

Queensland Premier must step up to save New Acland jobs

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan has demanded Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk step in to fix the New Acland mine debacle, which risks hundreds of jobs on the Darling Downs due to 12 years of legal ‘lawfare’ against an expansion of the mine. Minister Canavan said when Premier Palaszczuk steps off the plane from Europe, she needed to step straight up and help save the jobs of New Acland mine workers. Read more

Labor confusion on coal continues

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan has called on Labor to stop sending mixed messages about Australia’s coal sector and get behind an industry which is buttressing the nation’s economy. Minister Canavan’s call follows statements made yesterday by Labor’s Shadow Minister for Climate Change and Energy Mark Butler calling into question the global prospects for Australia’s coal industry. Read more

Mapping new opportunities for Australian farmers

The Australian Government is collaborating with Australian businesses to unlock the value of satellites to help farmers get the most from their land and plan for the future. Minister for Resources and Northern Australia Matt Canavan today announced three Australian businesses have been successful in their applications for $50,000 of seed funding to develop pilot projects that will leverage Geoscience Australia’s Digital Earth Australia technology. Read more

Mining and resources continue to support economic growth

Minister for Resources and Northern Australia has welcomed confirmation today that mining and resources have been a key contributor to Australia’s economic growth, according to the June Quarter National Accounts data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The figures show that resources accounted for more than half of total growth in the June quarter in production terms. GDP grew by 0.5 percentage points in the quarter, of which mining contributed 0.3 percentage points. Read more



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