MIL-OSI Australia: Resources employers congratulate Kelly O’Dwyer on stellar political career

Source: Australian Mines and Metals Association – AMMA

AUSTRALIAN Resources and Energy Group AMMA thanks the Hon. Kelly O’Dwyer for her service to the industry and the nation, following Saturday’s announcement she would leave politics at the next Federal Election.
Minister O’Dwyer has been a strong supporter of AMMA, its members and the Australian resources and energy industry since elected to Parliament in 2009 and particularly since 2015 from when she held a variety of Cabinet positions.
“Kelly should be extremely proud of all she has achieved in Parliament,” Tara Diamond, Acting Chief Executive of AMMA, said.
“Across various ministerial portfolios, including small business, assistant treasurer, revenue and financial services, women, jobs and industrial relations, Kelly O’Dwyer has been a great supporter of business and a great supporter of the resources and energy industry.
“She understands and appreciates that a strong and vibrant business community, underpinned by competitive government policies, is key to a strong and vibrant Australia.
“We particularly thank Kelly for her support as Minister for Women of AMMA’s initiatives and programs aimed at supporting and encouraging more women to join the resources and energy industry.
“Further, Kelly achieved a great deal in her short time as Minister for Industrial Relations, including:
passing legislation to improve the enterprise agreement approval processes;
providing clarity to employers and employees on rights and responsibilities regarding casual employment;
bolstering the resources of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) to address rising lawbreaking; and
appointing much-needed additional tribunal members to the Fair Work Commission.
“AMMA and our members wish Kelly well in the remaining months of her public service and in the future beyond politics.”
MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Thompson, 0409 781 580
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MIL-OSI Australia: The Queensland Government should stand up for the state’s coal industry

Source: Australian Mines and Metals Association – AMMA

THE Queensland Government should stand up for the state’s coal industry, a sector responsible for at least 20,000 local jobs and $3.8 million in annual royalties, not kow-tow to disruptive activist groups hell-bent on stopping new projects, says Australian Resources and Energy Group AMMA.
AMMA particularly calls on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk to declare her support for Queensland’s coal industry as her government yet again shifts the posts on Adani’s Carmichael Coal Project by appointing a known anti-coal organisation to conduct an “independent” review of one of the mine’s environmental management plans.
“Queenslanders deserve a state government which supports its major job-creating industries, not one more interested in appeasing minority activist views and chasing inner city votes at the expense of the regions,” AMMA’s Acting Chief Executive, Tara Diamond, said.
“AMMA is very concerned at this latest development which appears to undermine typical government processes by outsourcing its environmental review responsibilities to an anti-coal activist group.
“Adani has repeatedly demonstrated strong compliance with all its environmental management requirements. Not only has it cleared hundreds of regulatory hurdles, it has also contended with vexatious ‘lawfare’ from a number of disruptive anti-industry groups, which it has an 11-0 record defending.
“Queensland and major coal employers, like Adani, need certainty and stability.
“This most recent appeasement of minority anti-industry voices sets a disturbing precedent and will be rightly viewed as another unnecessary obstacle for the investment and business community.
“Projects such as Adani’s must be better recognised for the jobs and prosperity they will bring to the state, including long-term royalty generation that funds schools, hospitals and roads.”
MEDIA CONTACT: Brad Thompson, 0409 781 580
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