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Bushfire Victims Outside Parliament House Have Asked The Government To Cut Ties With Coal

They are pushing the government to cut ties with coal, and created a "trail of destruction" from Parliament House to the mining lobby to make their point.

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The Coalition loves coal.

They proved it in 2017 when Scott Morrison bought a lump of it into parliament and they are proving it now as they continue to support the industry’s expansion, despite evidence that doing so is driving our destructive weather.

Yesterday a group of protestors who have felt that destruction first-hand pushed wheelbarrows full of bushfire debris from Parliament to the office of a mining lobby group, demanding the government cut ties with the coal sector.

The wheelbarrows were full of what remained of their homes after they were destroyed in the recent bushfire disaster. They embellished them a little by sticking the names of different mining companies to each one.

The march ended at the Minerals Council building, where they also delivered an invoice for $1.3 billion — the estimated cost of the bushfire disaster so far.

The protest comes after the government announced it would be spending $4 million on a feasibility study into a new coal-fired power station in Collinsville, north Queensland.

Protestors are pushing for coal-fired power to no longer be subsidised, and for an end to political donations from the coal sector.

Last financial year $1.89 million was donated to Australian political parties by fossil fuel companies. This doesn’t include an additional $83 million from Clive Palmer’s Mineralogy company, which was donated to his own United Australia Party.

Protestors are also pushing for the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) to look at transitioning towards renewable energy.

The MCA CEO Tania Constable told SBS News a thriving minerals sector focused on pragmatic climate action is “essential to mobilise the solutions required to address climate change”.