ASIC investigation requested into New Hope statements

New Acland coal mine - Credit - Lock the Gate Alliance

21 July 2021 Australian coal company New Hope has a track-record of dodging questions about the material financial risks to its business from climate change. That’s why this week EDO Australia, on behalf of Market Forces, wrote to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) requesting an investigation into potentially … Read More

Coal affair sinks Mark Vaile’s uni application

23 June 2021 Thanks to an enormous backlash from students, staff, alumni, donors and the NTEU, former Deputy Prime Minister and chairman of Whitehaven Coal Mark Vaile decided to walk away from his appointment as the next chancellor of Newcastle University [1]. Vaile’s decision underscores that associating with the climate-wrecking … Read More

Woah big spender! New Hope splashes out promoting climate-wrecking coal

New Acland coal mine - Credit - Lock the Gate Alliance

11 June 2021 Data released last month shows that coal company New Hope splurged over $650,000 on the 2020 Queensland election, ranking fourth on a ‘big spenders’ list headed by Clive Palmer’s Mineralogy Pty Ltd [1]. The bulk of the company’s expenditure was on advertising, marketing and public relations advice … Read More

Spotlight on big banks after landmark court decision

Whitehaven coal train protests

28 May 2021 In a landmark judgment yesterday about Whitehaven’s proposed Vickery coal mine, Australia’s Federal Court decided that the national environment minister has a duty of care not to cause harm to young people from climate change. According to Ava Princi, one of the eight school students who brought … Read More

Big banks snub local farmers concerned about Whitehaven Coal

12 April 2021 Whitehaven Coal is one of the biggest coal mining corporations on the Australian share market and some of the world’s biggest banks, including Westpac, Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank, played a key role in lending $1 billion to the company in 2020.  ANZ and Commonwealth Bank have … Read More

Senex Energy indulging in wishful thinking

Senex Energy

19 November 2020 At its annual general meeting today, Australian gas producer Senex Energy reiterated its plans for a five-fold increase in production over the next 5 years. These plans are in stark contrast to the declines in gas use required to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, and … Read More

New Hope increasingly detached from reality

New Acland coal mine, Queensland. Credit: Lock the Gate alliance

17 November 2020 At its annual general meeting today, New Hope Corporation faced a shareholder resolution calling on the company to wind up its coal production in line with the climate goals of the Paris Agreement. With the Board recommending shareholders vote against the resolution, and parent company Washington H … Read More