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FIFO 'cancer' killing bush

Posted by: Paul Entwistle | 14 February, 2013 - 8:57 AM
Is fly-in fly-out the 'cancer of the bush' as described by Kalgoorlie independent John Bowler?

Independent member for Kalgoorlie John Bowler says he was calling the fly-in fly-out culture a cancer to the community a decade ago and wants tax breaks stopped for Fifo work arrangements. Paul Murray spoke to Mr Bowler about the so called 'Cancer of the Bush' 

 

 

 

Steve Knott – Chief Executive Australian Mines & Metals Association

Disagrees that statements of FIFO work arrangements are a cancer eating at the heart country towns. Mr Knott says any change to tax incentives that go to FIFO workers would create an investment cliff within two years for companies wanting to invest in Australia's resource sector.

 

Blog comments Your Say

  • I thought DCP were all about the children, after listening to Audrey's story this morning they shoud be ashamed of themselves.

    Jo Tuesday 19 February, 2013 - 9:30 AM
  • Not sure what they hope to achieve again pointing out the problem with no solution. Kalgoorlie is a good example Mr Bowler, FIFO is a symptom of the cancer not the cause. The cancer is the deterioration of community. Mining companies need to fly workers in because fewer people are choosing to live there, this is not unique to mining towns but an overall general trend in regional Australian towns. While the Federal goverment wants to take away the state royalty rights and centralise mining taxation so it can be spent on anti development hippies in Tasmania, they should be focussing on expanding programs such as royalties for regions and creating tax incentives for businesses that set up manufacturing and other employment creating enterprise in the bush, the people will follow as will the community services. Only then have the mining companies, that are currently propping up our nation, got the option to employ locally.

    Luke Thursday 14 February, 2013 - 10:09 AM

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