Progressive Coal Royalties Protection (Keep Them in the Bank) Bill 2024

About the Bill 

On 23 May 2024 the Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Trade, and Investment Hon Cameron Dick introduced the Progressive Coal Royalties Protection (Keep Them in the Bank) Bill 2024 into the Queensland Parliament. The Bill was referred to the Cost of Living and Economics Committee for detailed consideration.   

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The purpose of this Bill is to amend the Mineral Resources Act 1989 and to introduce a coal royalty rate floor, ensuring that regulations cannot prescribe coal royalty rates lower than those periodically prescribed. This requires Parliamentary consideration for any decrease in coal royalty rates, ensuring that progressive coal royalties cannot be removed without the Legislative Assembly's endorsement.

The need for this Bill has emerged due to statements from the Leader of the Opposition and other Members of Parliament suggesting that progressive coal royalties would be modified or removed at a future date if they form Government. Without this change, such changes could occur without adequate public or parliamentary scrutiny. In June 2022, the Government introduced progressive coal royalty tiers as part of the state Budget, the first change after a ten-year royalty rate “freeze” to ensure Queenslanders benefit from the state's natural resources during high coal prices.

Since the introduction of these tiers, some Members have made statements about progressive coal royalty tiers that indicate these tiers no longer have bipartisan support and suggested potential changes by a future government through subordinate legislation. Recently, the Leader of the Opposition, in an address to the Queensland Resources Council, declined to commit to retaining progressive coal royalties, Instead, the Leader of the Opposition told coal companies present at the function that he would provide a royalties policy that they "will be able to take to the bank.

On the current law, significant revenue losses could be imposed on Queensland by a future Government without majority support from the Legislative Assembly. although the Legislative Assembly would have the capacity to disallow such a change under the Statutory Instruments Act 1992, a change followed by disallowance would promote uncertainty in the revenue base and in the resources industry.

Further information

Further information including written briefings, correspondence, response to submissions, transcripts and answers to questions taken on notice are available under the Related Publications tab.

Call for submissions

The committee invites submissions on any aspect of the Bill, from all interested parties. Guidelines for making a submission to a parliamentary committee are available here:  Guide to making a submission. Please ensure your submission meets these requirements. 

Click here to make an online submission to the Bill/inquiry. 

The closing date for written submissions is Friday 14 June 2024.  

Submissions made by email or post

Submissions may be emailed to:   

Emailcolec@parliament.qld.gov.au 

Committee Secretary
Cost of Living and Economics Committee
Parliament House
George Street
Brisbane Qld 4000

Submissions must include:

  • the author’s name
  • if the submission is made on behalf of an organisation, the level of approval (e.g. a local branch, executive committee or national organisation), and
  • at least two of the following:
  • email address
  • mailing address, and
  • daytime telephone number.

Please ensure your submission includes the above or it may not be considered by the committee.

Please note: Your name and submission may be published on the committee’s inquiry webpage, which will mean it can be viewed on the internet. You can request for your name to be withheld from your published submission, or for both your name and your submission to be kept confidential (i.e. not published). Decisions about whether and how submissions are published are at the discretion of the committee.

PUBLIC PROCEEDINGS

The committee has scheduled a public briefing on the Bill by officers of Queensland Treasury on Monday, 10 June 2024, and a public hearing on Monday, 8 July 2024.  See timeline below for further information.

Committee’s report

The committee is due to table its report on Friday, 2 August 2024. The report will be published here on the committee’s webpage. 

Submissions close:Friday, 14 June 2024
Public briefing:Monday, 10 June 2024  - program - broadcast
Public hearing:Monday, 8 July 2024
Report due date:Friday, 2 August 2024
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