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SUBMISSION IN RESPONSE TO THE APPRENTICESHIPS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY EXPERT PANEL’S FINAL REPORT

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) welcomes the opportunity to make a submission in response to the Expert Panel on Apprenticeships for the 21st Century’s Final Report: ‘A shared responsibility’, (the Report) January 2011. The MCA represents Australia’s exploration, mining and minerals processing industry, nationally and internationally, in its contribution to sustainable development and society. MCA member companies produce more than 85 per cent of Australia’s annual mineral output.

GOVERNMENT WRONG ON EUROPEAN CARBON SCHEME

Climate Change Minister Greg Combet yesterday claimed that the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) – the template for the Government’s new carbon pricing plan – provides more safeguards for Australia’s trade exposed firms than the European Emissions Trading Scheme. This is incorrect.

EUROPE’S CARBON PRICING SCHEME PROTECTS EXPORTS, AUSTRALIA’S CPRS DOES NOT

The Minerals Council of Australia will not support a carbon pricing system that fails to maintain the international competitiveness of Australia?s export industries. The Rudd Government?s Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme (CPRS) did not adequately protect Australia?s export sectors and should not be the template for the new carbon pricing scheme.

MODEL WORK HEALTH AND SAFETY REGULATIONS AND CODES OF PRACTICE

The Minerals Council of Australia, as the peak national body representing the Australian minerals industry has brought together the views of its members and all State/Territory minerals industry bodies in developing this submission.

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