Analysis: Resources industry gets a look at total outsourcing

A small ceremony in South Korea last week will eventually lead to a big debate in Australia about who benefits most from resource development in this country; Australians or foreigners.


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Once again,when will Unions realize, that they only have themselves to blame, for all these jobs going overseas! Every story SPELLS IT OUT,loud and clear; HIGH COSTS, HIGH COSTS, HIGH COSTS. Instead of creating jobs for their people, they are ruining it for them, by constantly DEMANDING higher wage.

The Prelude Project will be a magnificant technical, commercial and environmental achievement for Shell it's partners and Western Australia. It is not viable to bring the project to fruition with the added expense and complexity of onshore facilities. The Australian governments, past & present, have no foresight to encourage the development of manaufacturing and fabrication capabilities in Australia. This lack of vision is compounded by the inability of the unions to focus on long term gains as they settle for maximising pay & conditions for their current membership. This is not just a failing of the union system it is endemic in today's society and is a failing of the "democratic" system itself. Whereby we in Australia have a 5 minute plan to satisfy the electorate and members of today, China has a 500 year economic plan which will succeed the next 10 generations of politicians. It is about time our politicians and industrialists gave up short term gain for some long term and sustained economic and social growth. Do not even get me started on what long term damage the Browse protesters and greenies are doing to our country. Social conciousness is one thing but economic suicide is another! No wonder Woodside is looking closely at Shell. I say thank you for the investment in our glorious land but our governments both state and federal need have backbone to demand better conditions attached to such a project. Not just taxes and duties but integrating the Project and Shell into the community something similar to the way in which Chevron is acting as a socially responsible corporate citizen. Let's all support the devleopment of our ntaural resources in a responsible manner. A great project.

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