According to The Australian Financial Review, Australia's largest coal terminal operator says exports over the past three months were higher than the same period last year, suggesting local miners have capitalised on the coronavirus disruption that has forced foreign rivals into suspension.
Confirmation that exports through Newcastle's Port Waratah had eclipsed volumes shipped in the first three months complements an extremely strong start to the year by Queensland coal exporters.
The Morrison government has told BHP and other mining and energy companies to continue operating the nation's most lucrative export industries through the pandemic, and most state governments have declared resources sector workers as exempt from the shutdowns now affecting most Australian workplaces.
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