Japanese ambassador takes ‘highly unusual’ campaign against Queensland coal royalty hike to mining forum

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The Japanese ambassador’s continued presence in a campaign by the mining lobby against the Queensland government has been labelled as “highly unusual” by a former Australian diplomat.

The Queensland Resource Council launched a $40m marketing campaign targeting the state government’s new coal royalty regime as part of its annual forum in Brisbane on Wednesday.

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Australian Associated Press contributed to this report

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