Australian news, and some related international items

Big mining companies again exercise their power over the Australian government

Miners’ push for inquiry successful The Observer, Daniel Burdon | 29th September 2012   FOUR Australian mining industry heavyweights dominated a “policy transition group” which two years ago recommended the Federal
Treasurer launch an inquiry into the regulatory hurdles for minerals and energy exploration.

On Thursday, Resources Minister Martin Ferguson and Assistant Treasurer David Bradbury announced the Productivity Commission inquiry would go ahead.

Mr Ferguson also sat on the policy transition group, alongside former BHP Billiton chairman Don Argus; non-executive chairman of uranium explorer Toro Energy, Dr Erica Smyth; non-executive chairman of Clough Ltd, Keith Spence; and David Klingner, a former Rio Tinto executive and current director of uranium miner Energy Resources

… The commission will recommend changes to the Federal Government, as well as what could be done at the state level, which the Commonwealth has committed to refer to the states for action under Council of Australian Governments arrangements.


September 29, 2012 - Posted by | AUSTRALIA - NATIONAL, politics

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