Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

MINER Min­eral Re­sources have an­nounced that they will soon be ship­ping raw lithium ore to China by April 2017.

This ore will be pro­cessed in China, where the fin­ished prod­uct will be sold on the in­ter­na­tional mar­ket.

This value added to our raw lithium ore will then be re­turned to Aus­tralia in the form of many fin­ished prod­ucts – pos­si­bly as stor­age bat­ter­ies for our Chi­nese-made rooftop so­lar pan­els.

When this ore runs out all we will have is a hole in the ground .

Al­coa Aus­tralia sends baux­ite dug out of Jar­rah­dale to China to be pro­cessed into alu­mina then smelted to make alu­minium, thus by­pass­ing Al­coa's own ag­ing alu­mina pro­cess­ing plant in Kwinana.

Our fu­ture lies in val­ueadding to our vast min­eral re­sources to cre­ate thou­sands of well paid jobs and in­crease the value of our ex­ports.

We can­not con­tinue this ‘dig it, grow it and ship it’ econ­omy that it will only leave us with more holes in the ground. BERNIE WHIT­WORTH, Safety Bay.

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