Contrary to Tony Abbott’s spin there’s no sign of new uranium mine jobs

Abbott-liarSouth Australia had already learned the hard way not to rely on Olympic Dam

Mr Abbott’s recent comments about the project prompted the state government to contact the company again, but it responded by saying its plans had not changed.

BHP Billiton put the $30 billion expansion, which would have created the world’s largest open-cut mine, on hold late last year, declaring it unviable

Olympic Dam no SA panacea: business leaders FINANCIAL REVIEW, 24 DEC 2013 JOANNA MATHER It would be a mistake to view expansion of BHP’s Olympic Dam mine as the panacea to South Australia’s economic woes, business leaders contributing to a post-Holden jobs and growth plan have warned.

Maurice Crotti, the managing director of iconic SA business San Remo, said the state needed to seize opportunities in a range of areas, including food manufacturing.

“The name of the game is to work with what you’ve got at the moment,” he said. “If [Olympic Dam] happens that’s great, but if it doesn’t you’re still powering ahead.”

Mr Crotti’s comments come as the federal government pins hope on BHP Billiton going ahead with an expansion of its Olympic Dam mine, 550 kilometres north-west of Adelaide. BHP shelved plans for a multi-billion-dollar expansion in August 2012….

But South Australia had already learned the hard way not to rely on Olympic Dam, said former Rio Tinto executive Ian Gould, who is now a member of the Economic Development Board of South Australia and chancellor of the University of South Australia. “There is an understanding in SA you can’t depend on it, neither should we,” he said.

Mr Gould and Mr Crotti were among the business leaders who met with South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill on Monday to discuss ways to make up for an expected 1600 Holden job losses. Mr Gould said there ware exciting opportunities in oil and gas, but so too was there potential to encourage more international students to study in South Australia. “For those at the meeting there was certainly a recognition that we have to take appropriate measures and they have to be ones that work,” he said. “There was a strong emphasis on moving South Australia into areas where we have a genuine advantage.”…..

Mr Weatherill said Mr Abbott’s recent comments about the project prompted the state government to contact the company again, but it responded by saying its plans had not changed…….

BHP Billiton put the $30 billion expansion, which would have created the world’s largest open-cut mine, on hold late last year, declaring it unviable at the time. Mr Abbott was quick to blame Labor’s mining and carbon taxes but BHP rejected that……http://www.afr.com/p/national/olympic_dam_expansion_long_term_1zj8ctlcELB5TtIbLuTJOO

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