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SOUND BASIS FOR NATIONAL DEBATE – DRAFT ENERGY WHITE PAPER

The draft Energy White Paper released today provides a sound basis for a much-needed national debate about the future of energy policy. The draft White Paper recognises the fundamental role that coal and uranium will continue to play in Australia?s export profile over the next three decades, points to the importance of policy neutrality and vibrant markets in energy policy, proposes a regular review process to monitor the impact of policy measures and recommends the streamlining or removal of costly and ineffective ?non-complementary? measures adopted by Federal, State and Territory Governments.

CLIMATE POLICY COLLAPSE HIGHLIGHTS NEED FOR RE-THINK ON CARBON TAX

Reports that there will be no global climate treaty before 2020 confirm that Australia will be paying the world?s biggest carbon tax for no environmental gain. The reports coincide with analysis from global investment bank UBS forecasting that the European carbon price could plummet to just 3 Euros in 2012. That means that Australian business could be paying a carbon price 4 to 5 times higher than their European counterparts in 2012, while their competitors in the US, Canada and other developed nations face no direct carbon costs.

VICTORIAN MINING STILL MIRED IN RED TAPE

A new report by KPMG for the Minerals Council of Australia ? Victorian Division shows that despite regular commitments to reduce the regulatory burden on the mining industry in Victoria, the level of red tape in the state has been steadily increasing. Successive Victorian Governments since 2004 have launched independent inquiries, commissioned reports, and undertaken extensive consultations to reduce the unnecessary regulatory burden on the minerals industry.

NT INDIGENOUS EMPLOYMENT & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

The Minerals Council of Australia welcomes the Federal Government?s plan to provide an additional $19.1 million to increase employment and economic development opportunities for Aboriginal people living in remote communities in the Northern Territory.

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