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

APLNG seeks massive expansion of polluting gas drilling

Gladstone LNG port development, QLD. Credit: Greenpeace / Tom Jefferson

16 April 2021 Scientists have been clear that meeting the Paris Agreement’s climate goals means no expansion of the polluting gas industry.[1] Yet one of Australia’s largest and most polluting gas export projects, Australia Pacific LNG (APLNG), is seeking approval to drill up to 7,700 new gas wells across central … 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

Adani looking for Abbot Point investors

12 March 2020 Adani is asking investors to back the Abbot Point coal export terminal for the next seven years through a new bond. With take-or-pay contract protection now largely expired, whoever invests is placing a massive bet about the Carmichael coal project going ahead, but some key aspects of … Read More

Banks could accidentally fund Carmichael coal via Adani bond issue

8 July 2019 In early July 2019 Adani issued US$1billion in bonds for one part of its business (Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone), which nine major banks invested in. This company operates several ports in India. Unfortunately, the evidence shows that the Adani group of companies has regularly funded … Read More