Fairfax points out something the mining industry would rather Australians didn’t realise:
EMPLOYMENT in mining has shot to a record high, but the industry remains a pint-sized generator of jobs.
Detailed employment figures released yesterday show an extra 14,400 mining jobs were created in the six months to May, roughly offsetting the number of mining jobs lost in the previous 12 months.
By contrast the construction industry piled on 40,000 jobs, the transport industry 24,000 jobs, health and aged care another 24,000 and agriculture 22,000.
I trust that News Ltd will not be putting it in such stark terms. There’s a rich person’s campaign still to win!
PS Ironies abound in this fight. The two most obscene? The mining companies complaining about the jobs that they are going to choose to take away (and do, now, regularly), and the Liberal Party complaining about the market uncertainty that they themselves are busy stoking.