19/11/2008 - 22:00

Moore is less in Dead Cat bounce

19/11/2008 - 22:00


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WOMEN in the resources sector are mystified why none of their number were called up for a new committee to advise state Mines and Petroleum Minister Norman Moore (pictured).The 12-man group consists mainly of lobbyists and advisers to the resources sector, one area the industry has some serious female talent.“It made me cross when I saw it,” said one female mining executive, suggesting Mr Moore’s new group was an old boys club and seemed like the rebirth of the sector’s once influential Dead Cat Dinner Club. For those in the dark, the Dead Cat club was created for external affairs representatives of big resources companies and industry group heads to get together to hear speakers relevant to their cause.There is no doubt the new committee to advise Mr Moore on ways to improve the state’s exploration and development approvals process has that failed feline feel. Former Chamber of Minerals and Energy execs Tim Shanahan (now at UWA) and David Parker (Apache), APPEA’s Richard Ellis, BHP’s Ian Fletcher, AMEC’s Doug Koontz and Griffin’s Noel Ashcroft are all on the list.But the Note was reassured by one of the Dead Cat’s founders that not only was the dinner club largely defunct, but few of Mr Moore’s new team were ever present let alone hard core members. One former female member of the club also denied the similarity. In fact, she said there were several women in the club, which she described as far more progressive than the Liberal government’s choice


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