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National consistency for the mining industry in midst of COVID-19

Keith Pitt Resources Minister

A meeting of Australian Mining & Resources Ministers has been held to facilitate a range of nationally consistent approaches to the mining industry issues in Australia following the outbreak of COVID-19.

The teleconference meeting convened by the Federal Resources Minister, Keith Pitt has discussed strategic approaches from the industry to improve consistency around a range of issues including safety arrangements for mineworkers in Australia.

Federal, state and territory Resources Ministers and representatives met yesterday via teleconference to discuss ways to ensure the industry’s strength and resilience during the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Federal Minister Keith Pitt, who convened the meeting, said it was an important step to ensure coordination for such an important industry.

“I thank the Ministers and their respective senior officials for joining today’s conference and for their positive and constructive approach to the discussion,” Minister Pitt said.

“We are fortunate that our resources sector is in such a strong position heading into this crisis and with a united approach we can ensure it remains that way.

“Ministers discussed the need for a coordinated national approach to managing the impacts of COVID-19 in the resources sector. Governments and industry are working together to respond effectively to these unprecedented challenges.

“Ministers recognise the resources sector is essential to Australia’s economy.

“The maintenance of resources sector operations, in parallel to the implementation of new health measures, is a key priority.

“The resources industry will play a lead role in our economic recovery when the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic and the jobs it creates will be a lifeline to many regional communities.

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