CFMEU - Mining and Energy Division
The issue of whether Australia needs a price on carbon is far too important for our economy and Australia's future to be treated like a political football. The stakes are too high to allow Tony Abbott to get away with a false scare campaign that suits his short term political ambitions at the expense of a securer future for all Australians.
Peabody Exposes Lies of Big Mining Scare Campaign
US mining giant Peabody Energy has revealed the cynical truth behind their vocal anti-carbon tax posturing with yesterday’s announcement of it’s $5 billion takeover bid for Australian miner McArthur Coal.
CFMEU National President Tony Maher said Peabody was not worried about the state of the Australian industry, but rather was worried a successful introduction of a carbon tax in Australia could lead to its uptake in the US.
The Great Deniers
History has had some great deniers. But they were wrong. And now Tony Abbott has joined them.
Watch some of the classic denials, as explained by Manic Studios in this Youtube clip...
Time for Coal Association to come clean
The CFMEU has called on the Australian Coal Association to end its carbon scare campaign and take responsibility for its own future.
CFMEU National President Tony Maher called on the ACA Executive Director Ralph Hillman to use his address to the National Press Club to outline how the industry is prepared to invest in its long-term future.
The CFMEU’s new advert ‘Big Mining: All Take, No Give’ appeared in the Canberra Times on 6 July and is available here for download.
A price on carbon: the facts
- From 1 July 2012, less than one thousand large companies will have to pay for permits to emit C02.
- Less than 1% of all Australian registered companies will pay a price on the carbon they use.
- Individual taxpayers do not pay, big business does.
- A lot of companies will receive some money back as free permits to assist competition with imports and help boost exports
- Families, pensioners and business will receive most of the money raised to assist with rising electricity prices.
- For the first 3-5 years of the scheme, the price paid by large businesses will be fixed by legislation, rather than fluctuating according to supply and demand. This gives business and consumers certainty.
- The detail of consumer and business compensation is still to be negotiated and when this is finalised people can make a judgement on the facts. Until then, every claim from Tony Abbott and some sections of big business about price rises and job losses should be dismissed for what they are - opportunistic scaremongering.
A collection of key documents is available. Select the Downloads button to display a list of downloadable documents, including this leaflet.
Watch Tony Maher's interview on Meet The Press in the "Watch the video" section.
See CFMEU Construction's campaign for Action on Climate Change.
- Only the biggest businesses pay anything.
- Consumers will pay no tax and most will receive compensation or tax cuts for any electricity price rise.
- We need more power stations and they won't get finance without certainty around a carbon price.
- The multi-billion dollar resources boom needs much more energy. Construction, mining and engineering jobs depend on new investment in energy.
- Every country that hs introduced a price on carbon has protected its manufacturing industry from unfair competition.
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Videos for "Climate Change"
The Great Deniers
History has had some great deniers. But they were wrong. And now Tony Abbott has joined them. Watch some of the classic denials, as explained by Manic Studios in this Youtube clip...
Created on 09/07/2011
Tony Maher on Meet the Press
On Sunday 19 June 2011, General President Tony Maher appeared on Channel 10's Meet the Press, where he was interviewed by Paul Bongiorno, Michelle Grattan and Steve Lewis. He explains why it is important for a price to be put on carbon, and why gassy mines need assistance.
Created on 20/06/2011
Miners addressed about climate change
In 2007, then ACTU President Greg Combet addressed coal miners about action on climate change.
Created on 25/05/2011
CFMEU TV Ad on Climate Change
The CFMEU produced this advertisement during the 2007 Australian Federal Election campaign to explain the importance of taking action on climate change.
Created on 25/05/2011
2007 Climate Change Movie
CFMEU General President Tony Maher explains why we should support taking action on climate change.
Created on 25/05/2011
Climate Change Downloads
- A price on carbon - the Facts
Type: pdf, Size: 1.29 MB
- Will a carbon price deliver renewable energy?
Speech by General President Tony Maher to UCAN forumType: pdf, Size: 51.67 KB
- How to sabotage climate change policy
Tony Maher's speech to NTEU conference, 28 April 2011Type: pdf, Size: 83.61 KB
- Senate Inquiry on Carbon Pricing: CFMEU submission
October 2010 - We have made a brief submission to the Senate Select Committee on Scrutiny of New Taxes on the issue of carbon pricing.Type: pdf, Size: 1.65 MB
- Cleaner Future for Power Stations
December 2010 - submission to Interdepartmental Task Group DiscussionType: pdf, Size: 101.61 KB
- The CPRS and Employment in the Australian Black Coal Industry
November 2009 - Study commissioned by the CFMEUType: pdf, Size: 269.01 KB
- CFMEU response to CPRS green paper
September 2008 - Australian Government green paper on Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme - CFMEU responseType: pdf, Size: 200.47 KB
- Coal Hard Facts
November 2009 - climate change poses a real risk to the future of our community if the coal industry isn't cleaned upType: pdf, Size: 1.33 MB
- Power to change: Carbon Capture and Storage
October 2009 - Joint report of CFMEU & WWFType: pdf, Size: 667.5 KB
- A pathway to accelerated deployment of Carbon Capture and Storage
April 2008 - proposed taskforce by ACA, CFMEU, Climate Institute and WWF.Type: pdf, Size: 443.77 KB
- Energy Efficiency Strategy
November 2008 - The CFMEU has joined with other parties in endorsing an energy efficiency strategy developed by the Climate Institute.Type: pdf, Size: 462.01 KB
- Briefing note - Climate Change Policy
February 2008 Climate change policyType: pdf, Size: 68.33 KB
- Carbon Capture and Storage: making it happen
December 2007 - CCS - A CFMEU position paperType: pdf, Size: 318.79 KB
- Crib Rooms and Climate Change Empowering Mine Workers
August 2007 - Presentation to NSW Minerals Council by General President Tony MaherType: pdf, Size: 113.3 KB
- The Greenhouse Effect - Employment and Development Issues for Australians
1992 - Published by the ACTU, this was one of the first documents by unions anywhere in the world on the climate change issue.Type: pdf, Size: 5.48 MB
- Big Mining: All Take, No Give
Newspaper Ad for the Canberra Times, 6 July 2011Type: pdf, Size: 957.05 KB
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