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Treasury officials admit mining jobs claims are a furphy

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Senior Treasury officials in Senate estimates have exposed as myth the claims about the overwhelming benefits of the mining boom. "With welcome frankness, Treasury officials have said they are 'suspicious' about the standard industry multiplier claim that one job in mining creates three flow-on jobs in other industries," Australian… Read More

Department unable to explain how emissions from coal seam gas are measured

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

Departmental officials were unable to provide any clarity on how the greenhouse emissions profile of coal seam gas is actually measured in Australia on questioning from the Greens in Senate Estimates. "When the coal seam gas industry's claims to be substantially better for the climate than coal are increasingly being called into question by the evidence, it is remarkable that… Read More

65 Melbourne Cricket Grounds of dredging planned for Great Barrier Reef

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Figures obtained through Senate Estimates reveal more than 112 million cubic metres - or 65 Melbourne Cricket Grounds - are proposed to be dredged from the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area, with 52 million cubic metres already approved by the Federal Government. A coalition of representatives from the fishing and tourism industries and reef scientists have joined… Read More

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