Tasmania Shadow Minister for Resources Mark Shelton
Tasmania Shadow Minister for Small Business Adam Brooks
Mining Tax Now Costing Tasmanian Jobs
Victor P Taffa
Today’s news that an upgrade to the Savage River iron ore mine has been put on hold, due to the Rudd Government’s great big new tax on mining is a devastating blow to the Tasmanian resources sector and the small business community on the North West Coast.
“This is concrete proof that Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s mining tax will cost Tasmanian jobs. The Savage River iron ore mine is a crucial part of our minerals sector.” according to Tasmania Shadow Minister for Resources Mark Shelton.
“Not only will the postponed investment stunt jobs growth at the mine, it will create uncertainty about the existing jobs at the mine.”
“A lack of investment at the mine will mean that it will be difficult for the Savage River mine to keep pace with international markets and international best practice.”
“Given this clear proof that the mining sector in Tasmania is under threat from Kevin Rudd’s plans, the Premier and the Minister for Resources now need to act on behalf of Tasmanians, rather than their Labor mates in Canberra.” Mr. Shelton said.
“The North West Coast desperately needs investment to drive jobs growth and support the small business sector. It is a tragedy for all small businesses on the North West Coast that service the mining sector that plans to invest in the Savage River mine are now in limbo.” according to Shadow Minister for Small Business Adam Brooks.
“Today’s revelation is further proof that it is not just the mining industry that will be hit hard by Labor’s plans. Small businesses and contractors who would have carried out much of the proposed work will now miss out.”
“This is a cruel blow that could not have come at a worse time for the many small businesses across the coast that is doing it tough.”
“By supporting and cheering on this new tax, the Premier and the Labor-Green Government have shown how much regard they have for the workers of the North West Coast, especially those within the resources sector.” Mr. Brooks said.