Resources companies join to push for skilled migrants

Woodside chairman Michael Chaney has joined Gina Rinehart in pushing for skilled migrants to fill empty mining jobs.

Speaking at Woodside's annual general meeting Chaney said while companies were focused on training and finding local workers, these efforts could not fill all positions.

"The reality is that there is a need for temporary skilled migration to fill the gap between supply and demand," he said.

Chaney said rising labour competition and the lack of available workers meant companies were facing rising costs and uncertain timelines.

According to The Australian Gina Rinehart also recently reinforced her argument for skilled migrants.

In a magazine column Rinehart said some of the 8,000 construction workers for the Roy Hill iron ore project in the Pilbara would be found offshore so the mine's construction was "not interrupted".

Rinehart said Australia was one of the most expensive places in the world to do business and the country needed to adopt policies to support industry growth.

"We have to be much more sensible about burdening our small, export-orientated and other businesses, and resist policies that could kill the geese who lay the golden eggs," she said.

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