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MINERALS COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA: BUDGET 2011

The 2011-12 Budget correctly recognises the importance of a strong and growing minerals sector to Australia?s economy and to Commonwealth revenues. The Budget headlines ? strengthening economic growth, near full employment and a Budget returning to surplus ? all rest on Australia securing the dividends of what the Treasurer calls ?Mining Boom Mark II?.

MCA Response Mineral Titles Act

Comments provided in this submission should be read in con`|unction with our earlier submission of 15 April 2011 and the accompanying Minerals Council of Australia?s (MCA) Exploration Policy submission to the Australian Government?s Policy Transition Group in November 2010, which outlined that exploration is critical to the growth, vitality and diversity of the Australian minerals industry.

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING ROADMAP LONG OVERDUE

The Minerals Council of Australia today welcomed the Skills Australia report ?Skills for Prosperity ? a roadmap for vocational education and training? as an authoritative contribution to the long overdue reform of Australia?s training system. The roadmap for reform presented by Skills Australia reflects the minerals industry?s call for a truly demand driven training system capable of responding to the drivers of industry and capable of making a significant contribution to the nation?s productivity.

HIGHER EDUCATION BASE FUNDING REVIEW

It is critical that the institutional and intellectual capacity of the education sector ? schools, vocational education and higher education ? be an ongoing priority of the Government. The MCA is pleased that it is able to contribute to this review of Higher Education Base Funding as it gives the minerals industry the opportunity to put forward a number of points based on eleven years of experience working with the sector, including expending more than $22 million to sustain and build educational capacity.

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