Fossil fuel industry
China’s role in supplying critical minerals for the global energy transition: what could the future hold?
The world faces major challenges in responsibly sourcing large quantities of minerals that are critical for the transition to low-carbon energy sources. This report analyses how China's strategic position in regard to critical minerals may evolve, to shed light on current and emerging challenges for...
The research in this report suggests that a spill or accident at Woodside’s Burrup Hub gas project could release toxic gas and condensate of a similar consistency to crude oil into World Heritage listed marine parks, with dangerous pollution reaching West Australian coastal communities, and...
The purpose of this paper is to revisit some earlier work that attempted to estimate the proportion of the mining industry that is foreign owned. This was made possible with access to the Bloomberg Professional Terminal database that gives corporate ownership by geographic region.
This report examines the economic impact of the increased use of labour-hire in key mining communities across Australia.
This report argues that the rapid transformation of Australia's aluminium facilities to sustainable sources of electricity would spark substantial economic benefits - for the aluminium industry, its supply chain, and for the burgeoning renewable energy sector.
This publication is a guide to help the resources and energy sectors respond effectively to the Modern Slavery Act 2018 (Cth). The Act requires certain large companies to report annually on their efforts to address risks of modern slavery in their global operations and supply...
This report reveals how the unregulated political influence of the fossil fuel industry -- a murky web of connections between governments and industry -- is driving political inaction on climate change and the repression of those calling for action.
The iron ore market is wrong-footing forecasters again, as it has throughout the last 20 years. This report argues that Australia’s troubled relationship with China will be influenced by which path the iron ore market takes over the medium term.
This article describes the challenges but also the rewards to industry, the community and the environment when a 'problem-centric' approach to regulation, rather than process-driven or function-driven regulation, is adopted by Australian regulators.
In this report, the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee recommends that the Australian government support the development and use of lower-impact technologies for all offshore seismic surveying to reduce the potential impacts of seismic testing on marine animals and the marine environment.
23 new coal projects are proposed in NSW, with total production capacity equivalent to 15 Adani-sized mines. This paper argues that a moratorium should be placed on new coal approvals while a coherent regional planning framework is developed for the Hunter.
This inquiry report argues that Australia's timber industry is ripe for innovation and growth. With the appropriate policy settings, the Committee feels that the plantation industry may once again have the potential to expand.
The analysis in this report estimates that the oil and gas industry cut around 10 percent of its workforce in the 12 months to December last year. Despite this, the Australian Government is continuing to hand out large taxpayer subsidies to the industry as part...
This paper looks at the primary challenges that Timor-Leste faces, on both the economic and political fronts.
This paper analyses how Australia’s immediate economic and diplomatic future could be defined by global activity around climate diplomacy, green trade and low-carbon investment.
This report finds that a number of sacred Indigenous sites, and an important river system in the Northern Territory, face irreversible cultural and ecological damage if the McArthur River Mine operations continue unabated. The authors argue that the independent monitoring system set up to protect...
Industry political donations and disclosable payments - case study: the resources and energy industry
New analysis of 20 years of Australian Electoral Commission donation disclosures shows the resources industry is the largest donating industry to Australia’s political parties and campaigners.
This report analyses 22 of Australia’s biggest emitters within the resources sector. It evaluates each company’s alignment with the global goal of net zero emissions by 2050, based on its stated commitments and actions.
Fact Check: Matt Canavan says there's no government subsidisation of Australia's fossil fuel industries. Is he correct?
Queensland Nationals Party Senator, Matt Canavan, claimed during an episode of the ABC’s 'Q&A' program that Australia’s fossil fuel industries received no government subsidies. Verdict: Senator Canavan is drawing a long bow.