AUSTRALIAN laws and the industrial relations system are making things harder for miners and working against the national interest, a mining employers’ group says.
“Australia is currently one of the most expensive places in the world to do business,” Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) senior workplace policy adviser Lisa Matthews said yesterday.
“Now is the time to ensure that our national legislation and regulation, including our industrial relations framework, does not continue to make things more difficult and get in the way of the national interest.”
Ms Matthews was one of the speakers at an AMMA mining conference in Hobart.
The conference was held against a backdrop of big miners deferring projects, falling iron ore prices and uncertainty about China’s economic direction.
“The resource industry has been responsible for the greatest creation and transfer of wealth and skills in Australia’s history over the past decade, but we can’t afford to take the resources boom for granted any longer,” Ms Matthews said.
“… it is important that Australia continue to be seen as a great place to invest and work.
“We must remember that Australia has only 2% of the world’s natural resources and large companies have many options in terms of investment.”
She said Tasmanian mining industry jobs had increased by nearly 30% in the past two years.
“More than 4000 people are now directly employed in Tasmanian resource operations and further significant investment opportunities exist in exploration, extraction and downstream processing of minerals.”
The conference also discussed workforce challenges in the industry.
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