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Comment from Bill Shorten on the Government dumping its iron ore inquiry

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Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said:

There is no doubt the Prime Minister’s actions and those of his Ministers have damaged the industry.

This has been a debacle entirely of the Government’s own making.

It has taken too long for the Prime Minister to admit he got this wrong.

Every day he was happy to let the speculation linger on, more damage was done.

What has changed between now and last Friday?

He must now take responsibility for his actions - what will he do now to restore investor confidence?

This speculation has given our international competitors an advantage - they will make the most of this.

The Government should be focusing on jobs in Western Australia and employment for people who have lost work in the industry.