The Brisbane Airport says its chairman’s position on a coal mining company’s board had nothing to do with it rejecting climate change advertising from being displayed in the arrivals hall during G20.
Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) has banned a billboard calling on climate change to be high on the agenda at the G20 meeting in Brisbane higher this month.
But BAC rejected the #onmyagenda advert, commissioned by environmental groups such as WWF, Oxfam and Greenpeace, because it was deemed too political.
“BAC’s policy in regard to advertising on site is that we do not accept advertising from political parties, interest groups or individuals that has a political intent,” a spokeswoman told AAP.
“The examples in this particular case were deemed to have political intent as they were designed to generate a political response on a specific policy issue.
“There was no value judgment made in relation to the message.”
BAC’s chairman Bill Grant also serves as a non-executive director on board of New Hope Group – a coal mining, oil and port operation company.
Asked whether Mr Grant had any say in pulling the climate change advertising, the BAC spokeswoman said: “None at all”.
She also said BAC wasn’t concerned about any perceived conflict of interest.
WWF climate change national manager Kellie Caught said she was disappointed the advertising had been banned.
“We’re surprised that climate change was considered political,” she said.
“It’s something that affects people everywhere.”
The billboard would have featured South Australian farmer David Bruer, who lost $25,000 worth of grapes in one day last year when temperatures reached 46C at his vineyard.
The #onmyagenda campaign, launched on Monday, encourages people to tweet G20 leaders asking them to include climate change as a stand-alone item on the G20 agenda.
Climate change was on the agenda at the previous eight G20 summits.
A similar billboard has been erected in South Brisbane.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has warned in a report released on Sunday that many more people around the world could face hunger, homelessness and conflict in the scramble for precious resources if countries don’t do more to address climate change.