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Australian Coal Association advert and also awesome librarians again

I’ve said it before, and no doubt I will say it again – the librarians at the Barr Smith library (University of Adelaide) are awesome.  They fossicked out hard copies of the Business Council of Australia Bulletin from the early 1990s.

I spent a few hours today systematically going through them for any articles even tangentially to do with ‘greenhouse’ issues.  Australian businesses spent the early early 1990s worried about what actions the Australian Federal Government might take, what international agreements it might make.  After the Rio treaty (June 1992), they relaxed a bit.

And I found an advert that…

As best I can tell it was the Business Council of Australia that did the heavy lifting. Partly because it was a real issue f (or many businesses, who were under a lot of pressure on other environmental issues too.

The Australian Mining Industry Council (AMIC, since rebranded as MCA) I think couldn’t punch at its weight because a) it was too easily dismissed as vested interests and b) they were well on the nose because of their position on Aboriginal Land Rights.

Meanwhile, the Australian Coal Association, as best I can tell, really was little more than a hold-the-ring outfit for the Queensland and New South Wales coal associations, and so couldn’t do a lot more than make the case for more export infrastructure and facilitate some workshops.  Because when they DID venture into the world of public relations…

Well… this…

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From the March 1993 Bulletin, btw. I think they were aiming for this –

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