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THE SENATE

SENATOR THE HON F M CHANEY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE SHADOW MINISTER FOR RESOURCES AND ENERGY

JOBS DESTROYED BY OBSTRUCTION TO RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

The joh—creating potential of Australia's resource industries is

being destroyed, the Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and

Shadow Minister for Resources and Energy, Senator Fred Chaney, said today.

"In the Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and

Victoria there are current examples of needless obstruction of economic development," he said.

Obstruction is coming from trade unions, from pressure groups and from the Federal Government.

"And in three states, Labor Governments have disputes of either an

industrial or political nature on their hands which have got quite out of control.

Senator Chaney arrived in Brisbane tonight, he leaves tomorrow morning

on a two-day inspection of development projects in the Bowen Basin coalfields.

"Federally, the Hawke Government is standing out against the joint

wishes of the Northern Territory Government, mining companies and

aborigines in refusing to allow uranium mining," he said.

"Labor's sorry record stands in maked contrast to the pro-development

policies pursued by successive non-Labor Governments in Queensland.

"Queenslanders should look behind the smooth public presentation of

the 'new look' Labor Leaders to their performance in Government elsewhere in the country.

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"The picture which emerges gives little credence to Labor's claimed

special relationship wj t.h the unions and emphasises the ideological

and factional barriers to a job creating and effective resources

development policy. ■

"The violence at the Roxby Downs mincsite in South Australia has

been encouraged by Labor's confused and contradictory uranium policy

and the Sar.non Government's ineffectual handling of developments on .the ground. ;

"Those headline-seeking demonstrations want Labor to honour its

moral opposition to uranium production and prevent the development,

which the ALP Platform appears to sanction, of potentially one of

the world's biggest uranium mines. · ·

"And while the Ban.non Government is politically cimmited to P.oxby Downs, it has further highlighted the absurdity of Labor policy by · withdrawing licences for development of much smaller mines at

Honeymoon and Beverley. "

"In Bass Strait, Australia's declining oil exploration industry is .

under serious threat because of a six week strike by drilling rig

workers. .

"Only on .Monday, after two explorers had already cancalled contracts

with rig owners, did the Cain Government attempt public intervention by arranging a meeting with union leaders.

"Even if this 11th hour gesture finally resolves the issues at stake,

it will probably have been too late to persuade the companies to continue their drilling program.

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"Meanwhile in Western Australia, one of the Pilbara's biggest

iron ore producers, Hamers ley Iron, has been reduced to only one week's

stockpile at the Dampier Portsite because of a three week campaign of rolling stoppages aimed at achieving a 35 hour week,

"The Burke Labor Government appear incapable of any action to resolve a situation v/hich has disrupted shipping ar.c production schedules to

the further detriment of Australia's international reputation."

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20 AUGUST 1923

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