GLOBAL DEVELOPMENTS ON CLIMATE CHANGE UNDERMINES CARBON TAX ARGUMENT

The decision by Japan, Russia and Canada at the weekend to abandon the Kyoto Protocol all but eliminates the prospects for an early and comprehensive global agreement to reduce carbon emissions.

A NEW CARBON PRICING SCHEME

An integrated policy approach is necessary. An Australian carbon pricing scheme will be effective only as part of an integrated policy approach which includes: a global agreement that includes concerted and comparable action by all major emitters; a measured transition to carbon pricing, with cost burdens comparable with those facing our competitors, and the development and deployment of low emissions technologies.

RECRUITMENT COMMENCES FOR MINING INDUSTRY ADULT APPRENTICES

The company is seeking adult apprentices as electrical fitter mechanic and diesel fitter. The apprenticeships will be undertaken over an 18 month period at the company?s Queensland mine sites. Candidates will require at least 40 per cent of the trade which will be assessed through a rigorous recognition of prior learning process.

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?.

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