Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Industrial Relations

    Scott Morrison must deliver for WA’s emerging battery industry

    24/03/2019 7:30 AM
    • Prime Minister Scott Morrison arrives in Perth this week
    • McGowan Government wants Future Battery Industries CRC to be based in WA 

    The McGowan Government is encouraging Prime Minister Scott Morrison to support the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and provide a positive announcement on the success of the bid.


    Western Australia is the ideal place to host the CRC as the State has all the minerals required to make batteries and energy technologies, and is an innovative powerhouse when it comes to exploration and discovery.


    Comments attributed to Mines and Petroleum Minister Bill Johnston:


    "I'm very disappointed that the Federal Liberal Government has ignored WA's mining sector.


    "When it decided to set-up METS Ignited to support research and development, and promote Australia's mining, equipment, technology and services sector it was placed in Queensland - where the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia is from.


    "I have warned the Federal Government that its mining strategy should not get in the way of WA's successful industry.


    "I'm happy to see support for mining in other States but it cannot be done at the expense of our State, otherwise our nation will suffer.


    "So now it's time for Prime Minister Scott Morrison to deliver for WA's emerging battery industry and support the Future Battery Industries Cooperative Research Centre for WA."


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