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Steel jobs miss out on Roy Hill project too

The ASI has urged the Federal Government to impose strict procurement conditions on any mining project approved to use migrant workers. ASI Chief Executive, Don McDonald demanded that the Roy Hill Project and similar resource development projects be required to complete an Australian Industry Participation Plan (AIPP) before approval is granted to import foreign workers. “There are hundreds of thousands of Australian workers in the manufacturing sector whose jobs are under threat directly because of the decision by most of these mining projects to import fabricated steel,” he said. “We need to know that Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer, Rio Tinto and all the others are serious about providing real opportunities for steel, rail stock and other manufactured goods from Australian companies to contribute to these projects to maintain these important skilled jobs.” Mr McDonald said that there is approximately 90,000 tonnes of steel required for the construction of the Roy Hill Project being developed by Mrs Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting. “The production and fabrication of a great deal of this steel can be done by Australian companies employing Australian workers," Mr McDonald said. “If this steel is purchased here, approximately 4500 jobs will be supported and over $150 million in tax revenues will be generated for the Australian Government. However there is a high likelihood that all or most of this steel will come from Asia.” Mr McDonald stated that all large mining projects should be required to demonstrate through an AIPP process how much manufactured product they have purchased from Australian companies before they are given approvals to proceed. They should also exhaust all suitably qualified Australian jobseekers before permission to import foreign workers for the construction. “If we are to spread the benefits of the mining boom as the Government has claimed they wish to do, let’s make sure that these mining companies seriously engage with Australian companies," Mr McDonald said. “The best way to spread the benefits of the boom is to make sure people keep their jobs and keep paying taxes.”

Posted On: 28 May 2012

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