Coal - Liberal Democrats

No Australian industry has been demonised more in recent months than coal, which powers most of our energy grid and, at over 66 billion dollars, remains our biggest export.

Coal-bashing makes for good politics, and politicians love to argue that a modern nation should not rely on outdated energy technology.

What the activists do not mention is the unparalleled contribution of the coal industry to making Australia a prosperous modern nation.

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Our coal trade underwrites the quality of life that we take for granted in Australia and provides employment to over 50,000 people. The developing countries of the world will choose to use coal for decades to come.

With that knowledge, the use of high-quality Australian coal is better for the environment and should be maintained for as long as necessary.