The collusion, corruption and potential criminality between the Australian coal industry, the Murdoch Press, and the Liberal Party in Australia must be exposed.
A new report, released by Greenpeace with the support of Investigative journalist Michael West, details the influence the coal industry, with support of a shadowy group of lobbyists, industry groups and the Murdoch press, to control who’s in power and their policy direction.
Oliver Yates, the Independent candidate for Kooyong, said that the operation of the coal industry is a shady cartel, freely operating in the highest offices of Australia.
“If you want to know why we have no energy or climate policy, why emissions are going up and how the coal industry has welded much power - then you only need to watch this report.
“This behaviour - putting the interests of the coal industry over the interests of citizens and the rest of the economy - is corrupt.
“Our Prime Minister is captured by the coal industry. He and our Treasurer waved around coal in Parliament as a sick joke. This is an abuse of power and threatens our safety and security.
“We need laws to stop the power and influence of the coal industry, to restore integrity in government, to address climate change and ensure that people have a genuine say in who is elected and what their policies are.
“And, if the Murdoch media empire is going to undermine our democracy and make our country less safe and secure, we should consider removing their license to operate.
“Finally, given the pervasiveness of this shady cartel, we need one of the world’s strongest Independent Commissions of Corruption to thoroughly investigate and expose the sordid behaviours of the people and organisations identified in this report.
“Otherwise, we’re going to continue to see the coal industry, with the Murdoch press, maintain power over who leads our country, to ensure a policy vacuum in any progressive policies."
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