Minerals Council of Australia
The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) welcomes the signing today of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) as a significant reform that will assist in increasing economic growth and creating jobs.
Coal will remain the mainstay of our electricity generation and reducing our reliance on coal would have negative consequences on the reliability and cost of supply.
The MCA welcomes the Committee’s interest in options for reform of Australia’s taxation system. It is vitally important that options be considered as part of a comprehensive review, as is being undertaken by the Australian Government’s White Paper reform process.
As Australia sweltered this week with major cities recording temperatures in the mid 30’s and many towns around 40 degrees, the electricity network underpinned by reliable coal fired power generation provided the largest share of our energy requirements.
The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), New South Wales Minerals Council (NSWMC) and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) provided a joint submission to Safe Work Australia on its discussion paper on the role of chemical exposure standards in work health and safety laws.
The decision by the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP to approve the Queensland Government’s Abbot Growth Gateway Project is welcomed and another important step in the proposed development of the coal resources in the Galilee basin.
While the Productivity Commission’s (PC) final report into Australia’s workplace relations system makes a number of sensible recommendations, its apparent willingness to settle for second best risks blunting the case for reform.