BHP has today given notice to the Queensland Resources Council (QRC) that it will suspend its membership of the association, effective immediately.
This follows a decision by the QRC to undertake advertising that specifically targets the overall standing of one political party during the current Queensland election campaign.
BHP has expressed to the QRC on several occasions its opposition to this advertising approach and had formally requested that it be withdrawn. Unfortunately this has not occurred.
BHP supports communications campaigns focused on policy issues of interest to the resources industry and the people who work in it and rely on it. The QRC has over many years made important contributions to such policy debates however the current campaign is not consistent with that contribution.
BHP has been left with no choice but to suspend its membership with immediate effect.