Criticism of the Liberal Government’s reactive approach to the crisis in the mining industry is a damning indictment on Mining Minister Paul Harriss.
With reports of more job losses on the West Coast, Metals X has launched a broadside on the Government.
“It seems as though Tasmania is a reactive state which waits until disaster to act in support of miners.” (Metals X CEO Peter Cook, The Advocate 12/8/2015)
Labor Leader Bryan Green said the Government should take the comments of Metals X Limited extremely seriously.
“Metals X is telling the Government that the industry needs greater support,” Mr Green said.
“The company is urging Minister Paul Harriss and the Government to be proactive instead of reactive.
“It is damning in itself that Mr Harriss didn’t even respond to the criticisms himself, instead issuing lines from a spokesman.
“Suggesting that moving MRT to Burnie will be the saviour of the mining industry is frankly pathetic.
“This government talked a big game in Opposition but the mining industry has collapsed under their watch,
Unfortunately we’ve seen 2000 jobs disappear in mining since the Liberals came to power.
“In our Budget reply, Labor put forward three positive ideas to invigorate mining.
“We’ve called for royalty holidays, a special mining zone on the West Coast and mobile case workers in Mineral Resources Tasmania.
“And the Government’s lacklustre attitude towards the sector is unlikely to turn that around.”
“It is time for Paul Harriss to stand aside, for the good of the mining and forestry industries.”
Bryan Green MP Labor Leader