NT Media Releases

Government Wrong on Proposed Limmen Park

The Minerals Council of Australia has called on the Northern Territory Government to urgently explain comments made yesterday by Minister Karl Hampton over its intentions regarding the Roper Region and the proposed Limmen Park.

The Gillard Government’s hidden carbon tax on fuel will hit more than 1500 NT businesses

At least 1500 Northern Territory businesses face a new 6.2 cents per litre tax on fuel under the Gillard Government?s carbon tax. The figures were released earlier this week as part of The Minerals Council of Australia?s response to the federal government?s proposed Clean Energy Future Legislation. Under the proposed carbon tax, hundreds of NT businesses will face 6.2 cents per litre reduction in the diesel fuel rebate, with that impost increasing steadily as the carbon tax increases.

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.

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.

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