Funds prom­ise po­lit­i­cal ploy

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Reg Howard-Smith Chief ex­ec­u­tive Cham­ber of Min­er­als and En­ergy WA

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.

Pic­ture: Mary Meagher

Cham­ber of Min­er­als and En­ergy of WA chief ex­ec­u­tive Reg Howard-Smith.

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