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Olympic Dam “Every word of the agreement favours BHP, not South Australians” – Liberal MP

Opposition industry spokesman Martin Hamilton-Smith joined the criticism of the deal struck with BHP Billiton.  Mr Hamilton-Smith said, “Every word of the agreement favours BHP, not South Australians.”

Greens turn new Premier Jay Weatherill blue, The Advertiser, Sarah Martin , November 10, 2011   “……Mr Parnell agreed that the Greens did not support any expansion of uranium mining in Australia, and argued the mine could be viable without uranium exploration.

“We don’t shy away from the fact that we don’t think we should be playing any part in the nuclear cycle  … but the Olympic Dam mine is overwhelmingly a copper mine.” Mr Parnell said his party was not satisfied with the answers previously provided by the Government, and he would proceed with his amendments.

“I dispute that the questions have been answered and I will ask as many questions as are necessary and will move as many amendments as we think are necessary, and once we have done that we will stop.”

The stoush between the Government and the Greens comes as Opposition industry spokesman Martin Hamilton-Smith joined the criticism of the deal struck with BHP Billiton.

Speaking to the Indenture Bill on Tuesday, Mr Hamilton-Smith said, “Every word of the agreement favours BHP, not South Australians.”

And last night, Mr Hamilton-Smith and fellow Opposition frontbencher Vickie Chapman spoke at length during debate on the bill, accusing the Government of short-changing South Australians in the deal struck with BHP Billiton.

Mr Hamilton Smith said the Government should have legislated to ensure more jobs and benefits flowed to South Australians.

“I have a serious concern that this has been overspruiked and talked up to a point,” he said.

“I think a lot of South Australian companies are going to be disappointed because your government has overspruiked this and has everyone thinking that we are going to become the Dubai of the south.”

Mr Hamilton-Smith said that the agreement did not guarantee any significant employment or contract quotas for South Australians.

“The way in which this has been brought to the parliament and handled expedites swift passage of the matter, but it is not necessarily thorough.”

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November 10, 2011 - Posted by | Olympic Dam, politics, South Australia, uranium | ,

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