Australia’s major political parties, brought to you by fossil fuels!

February 2020 Every year, Australian governments and their departments spend billions of dollars of your money so that more coal, gas and oil can be extracted and burned. Favourable decisions include: tax-based subsidies direct contributions concessional loans from public financial institutions lax environmental laws and approvals for disastrous projects. Meanwhile, … Read More

Super funds back Origin’s smoke and mirrors climate plan

16 October 2019 Origin Energy’s annual general meeting today was dominated by shareholder and community concerns over the climate, environmental and social impacts of the company’s dirty fossil fuel operations and plans. That’s not surprising given Origin is one of Australia’s biggest greenhouse gas polluters and has plans to prolong … Read More

Friends in high places: fossil fuel political donations

February 2019 Every year, Australian governments and their departments spend billions of dollars of your money to help more coal, gas and oil to be extracted and burned. Favourable decisions include: Meanwhile, drought and extreme temperatures are fast becoming the new normal and annual carbon emissions were up by 0.6% … Read More

Another year, another $1m in political donations from fossil fuel companies

1 February 2018 Malcolm Turnbull’s personal donation of $1.75 million around the time of the 2016 Federal election may have grabbed all the headlines, but the ongoing contributions to political parties by Australia’s largest fossil fuel companies may explain why our climate policies are so appallingly weak. Fossil fuel companies … Read More

Media release: Response to Origin greenhouse gas reduction target

14 December 2017 Response to Origin Eraring coal-fired power plant closure announcement – Market Forces “While the headlines seem laudable, Origin is doing no more than closing Eraring on its 50-year use-by date.” “In fact given that Eraring makes up approximately 70% of Origin’s overall emissions, the company is committing to … Read More

Investors support stronger climate risk disclosure at Origin Energy AGM

18 October 2017 A shareholder resolution coordinated by Market Forces, calling for improvements to Origin Energy’s climate risk disclosure received significant support from institutional investors, garnering 13.77% of shareholder votes, despite the board’s opposition. In dollar terms, investors holding approximately $1.8 billion in stock supported the call for greater climate … Read More