Don’t blame mining for manufacturing losses: MCA

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The Minerals Council says the mining industry cannot be blamed for job losses in the manufacturing sector.

In announcing its support for the mining tax in the Senate yesterday the Minerals Council said mining was responsible for a huge boost in the economy.

MCA chief executive Mitch Hooke said while rising commodity prices were putting upwards pressure on the dollar mining’s rapid expansion was making up for downturns in other sectors.

Hooke made the comments after a grilling by Greens leader Bob Brown during the inquiry into the Government’s mining tax.

"I know you are going to try to duck this, but I’m asking you explicitly: is the well-aired contention that the mining boom is knocking jobs out of the manufacturing sector in Australia true or not?” Brown said.

"Not true," Hooke said.

"There’s no question we’re having a substantial impact on job increases."

"The mineral industry’s employment has increased quite profoundly."

Hooke said the Government’s 30 per cent mining tax was "workable" and called on the Senate to make the policy law.

He said while the tax was not perfect the industry had done "the best we can with the hand of cards that we were dealt".

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