Mining lobby may join industry push to ban environmental boycotts

Opposition to escalating grassroots movement calling for banks and super funds to divest from fossil fuel companies

The powerful mining lobby is considering whether to join the push by resource industries to ban environmental boycott campaigns as it battles an escalating grassroots movement calling for banks, superannuation funds and institutions to ditch fossil fuel investments.

The Minerals Council of Australia, which this week began its own Australians for Coal social media and lobbying campaign to argue the benefits of continued coalmining, has previously attacked green extremists who have moved from genuine protest to dangerous and unlawful civil disobedience, saying the "extremists" would be facing the full force of the law if they were not exempted from the ban on so-called secondary boycotts under competition laws.

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Mining lobby may join industry push to ban environmental boycotts

Opposition to escalating grassroots movement calling for banks and super funds to divest from fossil fuel companies

The powerful mining lobby is considering whether to join the push by resource industries to ban environmental boycott campaigns as it battles an escalating grassroots movement calling for banks, superannuation funds and institutions to ditch fossil fuel investments.

The Minerals Council of Australia, which this week began its own Australians for Coal social media and lobbying campaign to argue the benefits of continued coalmining, has previously attacked green extremists who have moved from genuine protest to dangerous and unlawful civil disobedience, saying the "extremists" would be facing the full force of the law if they were not exempted from the ban on so-called secondary boycotts under competition laws.

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