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Labor shows anti-business bias

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Labor have always considered the effect in everything. Money for nothing and make the employers pay for their recklessness. The reality is they should be concerned for the cause, that which creates employment.

North Stradbroke Island
Not really anti ibusiness but pro Land Rights and nothing to do with unions. . As required under the law the Bligh Labor government signed an indigenous land use agreement. The traditional owners chose a a 2019 date to end sand mining on the island.. Two mines have already been closed independly of this agreement because they were mined out.

Energy Resource Information Centre
The WA MUA and AWU surrender credibility when they claim to be pro-jobs, but oppose the responsible, regulated development of onshore natural gas reserves. Your article, 'Labor shows anti-business bias' (8 Sep.), highlights the hypocrisy, and probably rightly identifies the true political motivation of the MUA/AWU move against gas development at the recent ALP State conference: Potential election policy wedges are apparently more important than jobs for workers. What makes the unions' position more incredulous is the fact that it directly contradicts stance adopted by unions in the Eastern States, where there is great concern about possible job losses in manufacturing. Natural gas is a driver of industry, manufacturing and small business in the East (as it is for WA companies such as Alcoa). The AWU in Victoria has warned of tens of thousands of job losses and a multi-billion-dollar blow to the state and national economies if new gas sources are not developed. Natural gas development has occurred in Australia without serious environmental impact for more than 100 years. Unconventional gas extraction (using hydraulic fracturing to stimulate gas flow into the well) has occurred safely since the 1960s. In Queensland, NSW, South Australia, WA and the NT, gas extraction has co-existed with agriculture for decades. The development of a new export industry in Queensland has created thousands of jobs, rejuvenated declining regional towns and provided a new income stream to farmers who now have better financial protection for drought years. The MUA claim that onshore development could somehow threaten jobs for offshore workers is nonsense. The tens of billions of dollars being invested by offshore operators is not only employing 15,000 workers in construction phase, but has an onshore economic multiplier benefit effect for transport, maintenance and other services companies which will continue long into the future. It is creating onshore jobs in support of an LNG export industry, and the development of onshore industry, for onshore customers, would only add to that benefit for the state -- not detract from it.

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