Funds promise political ploy
With regards to the article (Tax key to WASM funding windfall, 22/2), the Chamber of Minerals and Energy WA believes commitment to funding for the School of Mines should be made by all political parties, but with no strings attached.
While the WA Nationals have made a commitment to fund an upgrade, the party has, in an act of attempted political blackmail, cynically linked it to its anti-WA iron ore tax scheme that would destroy 3400 WA jobs, harm investment into the State and make WA’s GST share even worse.
The promise to the school is a political ploy rather than an act of genuine desire to help the community and the resource sector.
If the WA Nationals were serious about this, they would commit to funding via Royalties for Regions, which will continue under all political parties, rather than linking it to a tax that neither Liberal nor Labor support.
The WA School of Mines plays an important role in the future of the resources sector to ensure the industry’s global competitiveness status remains and CME would welcome genuine commitments to upgrade the facilities rather than see the school used as a political bargaining chip for a job-destroying mining tax.
Chamber of Minerals and Energy of WA chief executive Reg Howard-Smith.