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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?.

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING ROADMAP LONG OVERDUE

The Minerals Council of Australia today welcomed the Skills Australia report ?Skills for Prosperity ? a roadmap for vocational education and training? as an authoritative contribution to the long overdue reform of Australia?s training system. The roadmap for reform presented by Skills Australia reflects the minerals industry?s call for a truly demand driven training system capable of responding to the drivers of industry and capable of making a significant contribution to the nation?s productivity.

MINERALS SECTOR WELCOMES TRADE POLICY STATEMENT

The Minerals Council of Australia welcomes the Trade Policy Statement released by the Minister for Trade, Craig Emerson today. The statement represents an important statement of the Government?s determination to pursue a principles-based approach to free and open trade and investment.

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.

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