The need to clarify and improve processes and procedures to address duplication, enhance understanding and improve Australia’s competitiveness in the minerals and energy area was a major theme of ANZMEC’s 28th meeting in Perth today.
The meeting brings together Ministers responsible for energy, mining and resource development from around Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
“ANZMEC gives Ministers a unique opportunity to discuss minerals and energy issues frankly and agree on national action,” chairman of ANZMEC and Western Australian Mines Minister George Cash said.
"It also ensures that the views and aspirations of resource and energy interests have a strong input into the decision-making process at the highest levels of government."
The meeting canvassed a wide range of matters directly relevant to the minerals and energy areas including:
+ operational issues associated with the native title legislation;
+ energy deregulation and the need to enhance competition nationally;
+ the process for nominating areas for World Heritage listing; and
+ safety and environmental issues in mining.
Media contact: Will Henwood Government Media Office (09) 222 9595
Department of Minerals and Energy: Carol O’Dwyer (09) 222 3660