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May 2016 2 editor's note Coal Helps Turn the Tide in Australian Elections T he left lost another major election it thought it was sure to win. This time it was the election of Scott Morrison as Australia's prime minister. Coal mining and exports played a significant role in the outcome. Believ- ing that Australians wanted the government to fight cli- mate change, the mainstream media got it wrong again, similar to other recent national referendums, such as Brexit and the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The cen- ter-right Liberal-National Coalition government, which has had three leaders in six years, increased its hold on the Australian parliament while the Labor party lost seats in coal-rich Queensland and New South Wales. Morrison once held a lump of coal in parliament and reminded voters that no renewable energy source is as efficient as car- bon. Australia's Labor party had pledged a 45% emissions reduction tar- get and 50% renewables by 2030. Does this scenario sound familiar? Prime Minister Morrison celebrated the win standing with his family before a po- dium carrying the slogan, "Building Our Economy. Securing Your Future." It appears Australians voted in favor of sustained economic growth. The Australian election outcome should also provide some relief to proud Queensland coal operators. For years, they have watched as Queensland Labor Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and her administration blocked investment by dragging their feet on the approval process. They listened in disbelief as she told the world's largest coal exporting region to prepare for "workforce reskilling." If she learns nothing else from this elec- tion, she should realize it is time to start listening to her constituents, espe- cially those supporting the Queensland mining industry. Immediately after Morrison won, Ian Macfarlane, CEO for the Queens- land Resource Council, said the Palaszczuk government needs to reaffirm its support for the resource industry and resource jobs, with a commitment for long-term royalty stability and a fair go for all projects. "You don't need to work in a mine to depend on a strong resources industry," Macfarlane said. "Our industry supports 315,000 Queenslanders, generates more than $60 billion for the economy and delivers 80% of the state's exports. We also support more than 14,000 small businesses across the state." Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and the LNP, particularly through Resources Minister Matt Canavan, were quite outspoken about their support for coal and the resources industry. Queenslanders respond- ed and voted for jobs. Now, the Queensland Labor Government needs to stop moving the goal posts and let Adani Mining move forward with the Carmichael Project. 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