The mining sector has responded positively to the recent change in Australia’s leadership that sees Scott Morrison appointed to the position of Prime Minister.
The Queensland Resources Council Chief Executive Ian Macfarlane believes that Scott Morrison knows what makes regional Queensland tick, and “he understands the importance of our most valuable industries – like resources”.
“In recent times we’ve seen him make several visits to some of our resources heartlands in Central and North Queensland. And we know he’s a fan of the coal industry, which he proved on the floor of Parliament.
“His new Deputy, Josh Frydenberg, is a former Resources Minister, and will have seen first-hand how many Queenslanders rely on the resources sector for their jobs, and the contribution these tens of thousands of people make to our economy”, said Mr Macfarlane.
The Minerals Council of Australia, meanwhile, underlined the need for a stable government following the Liberal Party leadership change along with a focus on the economic reforms needed to deliver growth and prosperity for Australian businesses and households.
“Our industry is keen on working with the government for decisive action to ensure a strong economy. This includes a competitive investment environment and less red tape”, commented Tania Constable, Chief Executive Officer, Minerals Council of Australia.
She called for lower business input costs such as electricity and close and determined co-operation between states, the Commonwealth and industry a flexible workplace relations system.
“Australia’s world-class mining and mining equipment, technology and services sectors need more engineers, tradespeople and geologists right now to meet pressing skills shortages”, said Ms Constable, adding that many highly-skilled young people will also be needed to fill the jobs of tomorrow.