Liberals’ Plan for Jobs: Support for Mining
- 05 Feb, 2014
The Liberals are the strongest and most consistent supporters of Tasmania’s vital mining industry.
As part of our long term Plan to back mining and the jobs it creates, a majority Liberal Government will relocate Mineral Resources Tasmania from Hobart to Burnie.
Relocating Mineral Resources Tasmania to Burnie will ensure it can provide the most effective contribution to managing the State’s expansive minerals and petroleum resources, right from the industry’s heartland.
Staff will be fully consulted during the transition phase, which will occur over four years, and there will be no forced moves.
Combined with our mineral processing sector, mining employs more than 5000 Tasmanians and represents nearly 50 percent of our total state exports.
Mining is vitally important for jobs and Tasmania’s ongoing prosperity, we cannot afford for it to be traded away by Labor to keep the Greens happy, as has occurred with forestry.
That is why a majority Liberal Government will also:
- Provide certainty to the mining industry by guaranteeing that there will be no more lock ups under the Liberals, enough is enough,
- Take Tasmania’s mining potential to the globe by developing a Mineral Exploration Investment Attraction Plan and ensuring the Department of State Growth has the resources to globally promote the opportunities for mineral exploration and sustainable mining investment in Tasmania,
- Work closely with the University of Tasmania to maximise the benefits of its collaboration with MRT in environmental management and earth sciences and provide career paths for graduates in Tasmania, and
- Limit third party appeals against mining investments to those directly impacted upon; and
- Crack down on illegal and dangerous protests in our mines by toughening the law to protect lawful businesses.
While we support the right to peaceful protests, we will not tolerate illegal invasions of mining related businesses, which put jobs and investment at risk.
The Liberals’ long term Plan for mining is costed at $1 million over four years and comes from the $500 million in savings we have already identified.