Trade Minister Simon Birmingham says that while coal is subjected to Chinese import restrictions, there is "no basis to believe" the processes are discriminatory to Australia.
If it were an isolated event, the trade kerfuffle at a port in north-east China would be nothing to worry about. But in the context of recent global events, it's a ratchetting up in diplomatic tensions, writes business editor Ian Verrender.
CEOs of Australia's largest companies are hearing the message and realising that on issues like climate change the need to act is not just a moral one.
Australian coal producers suffer another savage hit, with Chinese authorities placing an indefinite ban on imports ahead of a strict new regime of quotas.
The Swiss-based resources giant and Australia's largest coal miner says it will freeze coal production at current levels.
Documents obtained by the ABC reveal Brisbane law firm AJ & Co proposed an aggressive strategy for mining giant Adani to shut down critics and pressure the Queensland Government to bring the Carmichael mine to life.
Dozens of vessels carrying Australian coal continue to be in limbo off the coast of China as restrictions on imports are introduced at key ports across the country.
Australia's biggest companies are ignoring calls from regulators and investors to do more to mitigate the risks of climate change, with a new study finding that many of the nation's top 100 companies still do not identify climate change as a material business risk.
Big international changes in policy and legislation are hitting the heavily polluting sector — but can Australia's coal industry survive them?
A world-first pilot project which will turn brown coal from Victoria's Latrobe Valley into hydrogen has been approved by the Victorian environmental watch dog.