Electoral authorities say they are powerless to take further action over a lack of transparency on pro-coal Facebook advertisements linked to a secret Glencore-funded campaign.
Last week, the Guardian revealed that Glencore, the multinational mining giant, had funded a vast, covert campaign to bolster support for coal, run by political operatives at the C|T Group.
One source with knowledge of the project – codenamed Project Caesar – said it was linked to an astroturfing group calling itself Energy in Australia, which spread pro-coal, anti-renewables video, graphics and memes across social media.
Nowhere on Energy in Australia’s website or Facebook page is any link to Glencore disclosed. The pages are authorised to a former Queensland Liberal National Party MP, Matt McEachan.