Draft Native Vegetation Management Bill - MCA Response

This letter is in response to the invitation to comment on the Draft Native Vegetation Management Bill (?the Bill?). The Minerals Council of Australia represents Australia?s exploration, mining and minerals processing industry, nationally and internationally, in its contribution to sustainable development and society. MCA?s member companies produce more than 85 percent of Australia?s annual mineral output.

NEW PARENTAL LEAVE TOOLKIT FOR THE MINERALS INDUSTRY

The Minerals Council of Australia has today released a new toolkit to assist employees, supervisors and organisations in the minerals industry understand their rights and obligations, and how parental leave and flexible work can be effectively and successfully managed.

Parental Leave Toolkit

Continued growth of the minerals industry is dependent on its ability to recruit and retain adequate numbers of suitably skilled employees. Skills shortages loom as a critical capacity constraint for the industry.

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.

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