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Industry Concerned at NT Government Response to Carbon Tax

The Minerals Council of Australia ? NT Division today outlined its concern at the stance taken by the Northern Territory Government in its support of the carbon tax while the government itself was still struggling to come to terms with the impact of the tax on the Territory economy.

Carbon Tax Package

The Government-Greens carbon tax package announced today is a very poor investment in our environmental and economic future. It is an exercise in revenue-churn futility, not a credible or effective climate change policy. It will impose the highest carbon price in the world, compromising the competitiveness of Australia?s export and import competing sectors without environmental benefit. With no other nation implementing an economy-wide carbon tax, this is a dangerous experiment with the Australian economy. The design of this new tax scheme is wrong. Australian industry is being hit with the world?s biggest carbon tax to fund a package that will not reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Under the carbon tax package, the minerals industry will face costs of $25 billion between 2012 and 2020. The Government and Greens are imposing costs that none of our international competitors face, and cannot be justified in transitioning the Australian industry to a low carbon future. It will simply export investment, jobs, global market share and emissions offshore. Ninety per cent of Australia?s minerals exports receive no safeguarding under this scheme. They will pay the full carbon price ahead of all their international competitors. The decision to impose the carbon tax on emissions from coal mines is unique. In Europe, these emissions are exempted from their trading scheme.
The revenue churn is the distinguishing feature of this scheme, not the underlying objectives of transitioning Australian businesses to be competitive in a future carbon constrained economy.
Introducing a six cents per litre diesel fuel tax imposes a double charge on the minerals and other industries and further underscores the fact that this scheme is a revenue grab rather than an environmental initiative.
The MCA has consistently argued that there is a better way to price carbon to efficiently and effectively reduce emissions. Australia should align its approach with that of other nations and adopt a phased approach to the introduction of carbon permits.
Where international schemes are being implemented or planned, trade exposed sectors are safeguarded from carbon costs during a measured transitional period.

Industry Welcomes Government Decision to Ban Synthetic Drugs

The Minerals Council of Australia ? NT Division today welcomed the Northern Territory Government?s decision to ban the synthetic hallucinogen known as ?Kronic?. Details of the ban were released today by the Chief Minister. The Executive Director, Minerals Council of Australia ? NT Division, Mr Peter Stewart, said that the Government had responded quickly to industry and community concerns about the substance, especially following reports that the effects of the substance are similar to cannabis. The Government?s decision follows a call by the industry for a report on the substance and its effects.
?The industry takes safety very seriously and has been concerned by reports of Kronic?s hallucinogenic effects and potential to effect individuals? judgement and ability to work safely?, said Mr Stewart. ?These concerns apply to the operation of a motor vehicle on a public roadway or the operation of plant and equipment on a mine site.?
Details of the substance came to light earlier his year following reports of its use in Western Australia. Since then the Western Australian and Queensland Governments have banned the substance.
The ban by the Northern Territory Government will mean that possession and consumption of the substance would soon be illegal.
Mr Stewart reminded all employees of their duty to be fit for work and to work safely and responsibly. ?Don?t take risks based on ?reports? that the substance is not detectable using current techniques. The principles of safety dictate that an employee is responsible for his/her safety and that of his/her fellow workers?, he said.

MCA Indigenous Pre-Employment Program

The Minerals Council of Australia ? NT Division today launched its 2011 Indigenous Pre-Employment Program at Parliament House in Darwin. The launch was hosted by the Minister for Primary Industries, Fisheries and Resources, Kon Vatskalis and attended by approximately 55 members of industry and government, including many of the 20 new trainees who will commence their pre-employment program at Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education tomorrow.

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