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Big steel and aluminium companies lobbying against climate change policy

STEEL and aluminium companies will be lobbying politicians representing coal mining, and metal making and metal working towns in an attempt to overhaul the Federal climate change policy.

Rio Tinto, BHP Billiton and Xstrata, together with their lobbyists, are targeting the politicians ahead of the 10 March release of the draft laws for the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme.

BHP Billiton and BlueScope Steel are being represented by lobbyist Gavin Anderson and Company, who will push for their cause in Canberra. Big polluting companies are asking for more compensation, claiming to have been unfairly targeted.

The Federal Government’s climate change policy has been the target of both sides of industry, with environment groups criticising it for giving away too many free permits and too much compensation.