Coalition’s strong economic focus receives industry support

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) has backed the Morrison Government’s economic focus of creating jobs, responsible economic management and delivering strong budget surpluses.

MCA chief executive officer, Tania Constable welcomed the reappointment of a large number of ministers, saying it is a “sign of stability”.

“[It] shows that the government is getting on with the job of growing Australia, strengthening regional communities and supporting our world-leading minerals industry,” she said.

MCA also congratulated Senator Matt Canavan on his reappointment as Minister for Resources, having previously worked closely together to develop the Coalition’s resources statement.

Constable highlighted the contribution Canavan and the resources statement has made “through enhanced skills and investment, promotion of our national resources brand and boosting exploration.”

“Minister Canavan has already made a significant contribution to the resources sector and understands that Australian mining needs competitive investment settings, faster approvals, flexible workplaces and less duplication in environmental law to deliver more jobs for our regions,” she said.

Constable also said MCA was looking forward to continuing its work with Minister for Energy, Angus Taylor, who has also started a new portfolio of emissions reduction.

MCA stated it would work with Taylor to help deliver Australia’s commitments in the Paris Agreement through “practical action on sites including energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy.”

“Affordable, reliable and sustainable energy is central to Australian business and households and MCA looks forward to working with Minister Taylor to deliver pragmatic policies that reduce power prices and emissions,” Constable said.

She also welcomed the appointment Ken Wyatt as the first indigenous Australian to represent the first Australians in the cabinet.

“Australia’s minerals industry has a long-standing focus on Indigenous empowerment and invests substantially in training and education to increase employment opportunities for Indigenous people in regional and remote communities,” she said.

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