Year: 2015

Classification: PG

Runtime: 103 min

Produced In: Australia

Directed By: Jeff Bird

Produced By: Xanon Murphy,Sofia Madden

Language: English



Told with compelling honesty and wry humour by the mineworkers themselves, Blood on the Coal is the story of the Queensland coalfields – one of the world’s richest energy resources and for 150 years the basis of an industry fraught with unregulated hazards and tragic loss of life.

The film traces the history of the miners, from the darkest days of the 19th century to the daunting industrial safety and community challenges that face the global corporations and the unions today.

A story of social action, tragedy and survival, the film documents harrowing underground disasters, heroic rescues and traces a history of strikes, industrial turmoil and the constant threat to the viability of regional communities.

The film underscores the ongoing values of mateship, community spirit and unity in the face of powerful opposing forces. It bears witness to the human cost of mining and reveals how ordinary workers and their families have risked and lost their lives in the service of corporations and government.

It as once an expression of the human dimension of the mining industry, and a moving statement of pride and dignity in labour. As such, the film is a rare and valuable contribution to the history of both Australian labour and the nation’s mining industry.

Blood on the Coal is social story-telling at its finest. It’s not just about the struggles and the hopes of the Queensland miners and their families; it’s about the struggles and hopes of workers everywhere”. – Dr John Falzon, CEO, St Vincent de Paul Society National Council

Blood on the Coal is without doubt the best film about working people ever produced in Australia”. – Dr Bruce Hearn Mackinnon, Deakin University

Narrated by Jack Thompson.

DVD EXTRAS: additional scenes and interviews (100 mins)

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Election Notice

Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union
CFMEU Mining & Energy Division – Queensland District
Election Notice
Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009

Nominations are called for:
Queensland District Board of Management
District President (1)
District Executive Vice-President (1)
District Vice-Presidents (4):
(i) District Vice-President (Blackwater)
(ii) District Vice-President (Dalby)
(iii) District Vice-President (Mackay)
(iv) District Vice-President (Rockhampton)
District Secretary (1)
Lodge Representative – Division One (1)
Lodge Representative – Division Two (1)
Lodge Representative – Division Three (1)
Lodge Representative – Division Four (1)
Lodge Representative – Division Five (1)
Lodge Representative – Division Six (1)
Lodge Representative – Division Seven (1)
District Central Councillors (3)
District Branch Inspectors (3):
(i) District Branch Inspector (Brisbane)
(ii) District Branch Inspector (Blackwater)
(iii) District Branch Inspector (Mackay)
District Branch Convention
Lodge Representatives (49)
Nominations, which must be in writing and comply with the registered rules of the Union, may be
made at any time from 9am on Friday 8 April 2016. They must reach my office, email mailbox or
postal address not later than 5pm on Friday 29 April 2016. Nominations cannot be withdrawn
after this time.
Candidate Statements
Candidates may submit a biography and/or a statement (“a Candidate’s Statement”) to the
Returning Officer in support of their candidature. Statements shall not exceed one A4 single sided
page and may include a photo of the candidate. Statements which comply with the requirements of
Queensland District Branch Rule 19 and received by 5pm on 6 May 2016 will be distributed by the
Returning Officer.
A candidate can only submit one Candidate’s Statement regardless of the number of offices that
they are contesting.
A Nomination form is available from the AEC’s website (, or on application to
the Returning Officer, or the District Branch office.
How to lodge nominations/statements
By post: PO Box 1205, NORTH LAKES QLD 4509
By hand: Level 1, 12 Endeavour Blvd, NORTH LAKES QLD 4509
By Fax: (07) 3049 2120
By Email: A properly completed nomination form including all necessary signatures and attachments may be scanned and submitted as a pdf file to Senders of emails to the AEC email mailbox be aware that incoming emails that appear to be spam emails may be blocked. Emails larger than 6MB in size also may not be accepted by the AEC’s firewall. It is the AQ6AV Election Notice Final (003)responsibility of the sender to ensure that their email reaches the AEC email mailbox before the deadline. Please be aware that email is not a guaranteed delivery system. If you do not receive a receipt confirmation Email within 30 minutes of sending please contact the AEC.
Ballots, if required, will be conducted as either an attendance or postal ballot depending on the arrangements that can be made for individual work sites. For those sites where attendance ballots can be arranged they will be conducted at various times between 27 May 2016 and Friday 24 June 2016. For other sites a postal ballot will be conducted during the same period.
Note: Updated information will be available from the AEC’s webpage. A copy of the AEC’s election report and the results can be obtained from the Organisation or the Returning Officer after the completion of the election.

Changed Address? Advise the CFMEU now.
Steve Gillespie
Returning Officer
Phone: (07) 3049 2100
6 April 2016