MEDIA

Media

The Board welcomes media interest in the Inquiry. Media resources and statements will be published to this web page.  

News

Media Statement

Board Members and Counsel Assisting recently visited Moranbah as part of its ongoing investigation.

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Media Statement

Chairperson, Mr Terry Martin SC, sets out the reasons why public hearings in relation to Grosvenor mine had to be adjourned to next year.

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Media Statement

It was expected that all of the evidence regarding the 27 methane exceedances and the serious accident relating to Grosvenor mine would be called in public hearings commencing 15 September 2020.

That is no longer possible.

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Media Statement

The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry’s first tranche of public hearings has now concluded. A second tranche will commence Tuesday 15 September 2020.

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Media Statement

From 4 August 2020 the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry will commence public hearings in respect of the Board’s Terms of Reference.

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Media Statement

This statement is in response to enquiries from media outlets today regarding the Board’s Terms of Reference.

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Media Guidelines

Overview

  1. The Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry recognises the media has an important role to play in informing the community about the Inquiry.
  2. These guidelines provide details of the arrangements for media access and reporting at hearings.
  3. The Board may vary or depart from these guidelines.


Background

  1. The Board seeks to work cooperatively with news media organisations to facilitate fair and accurate reporting of the work of the Inquiry.
  2. The Board may release information it holds subject to legal and privacy considerations, confidentiality obligations and non-publication orders made by the Chairperson.


Hearings

  1. The Inquiry’s hearings will generally be open to the public and live streamed via its website.
  2. Hearings will be conducted in court buildings, as indicated in the hearing schedule. Established protocols for media working at Queensland courts should be observed.
  3. Representatives of news media organisations attending hearings are to ensure their work is unobtrusive and without interruption to the proceedings.


Use of electronic devices

  1. During hearings, representatives of news media organisations may use electronic devices for the purposes of reporting on proceedings, subject to the conditions below. This includes laptop computers, tablets and mobile telephones, used for note-taking, text messaging, tweeting, and filing or publishing reports from the hearing room.
  2. Electronic devices may not be used in hearings:
    • in a manner that interferes with the decorum of proceedings or with the recording system;
    • to make or receive audio or video calls; or
    • to take photographs or video footage.

Live streaming

  1. Journalists attending hearings may access a media split audio feed of the live stream.
  2. Hearings will be streamed live through the Inquiry’s website.
  3. The Board has power to direct that evidence not be published, if it is satisfied it is proper to make that direction. In that event, the live stream may be muted or suspended by order of the Chairperson.
  4. The Board plans to make live stream downloads available to the media through a video portal.


Filming and photography

  1. Media representatives are not to film or photograph the proceedings.


For journalists covering hearings

  1. An area will be reserved for journalists reporting, in person, at hearings.
  2. If the live stream is suspended, in the interests of non-publication of that part of proceedings, the media is to comply with any directions made by the Chairperson.
  3. The Board will manage confidential information and documents in accordance with any relevant practice guidelines.
  4. Contact with witnesses, legal representatives or members of the public will not be facilitated by the Board.


Media relations contact

  1. For media enquiries about the Queensland Coal Mining Board of Inquiry, please contact Megan Lutz, on (07) 3096 6324 or via info@coalminesinquiry.qld.gov.au