Opposition wants Minister sacked over McArthur River Mine decision

The Northern Territory Opposition says Mining Minister Chris Natt should be sacked after botching the McArthur River Mine expansion.

The Government’s McArthur River Project Agreement Ratification Act is likely to be passed in Parliament today, allowing all types of mining at the site near Borroloola, including open cut.

Work on the $110 million expansion ceased on Monday when the Supreme Court ruled that the Territory Government’s approval process was flawed.

Mr Natt maintains it was only a technicality that stood in the way of the planned expansion and it will be rectified today.

But Opposition mining spokeswoman Fay Miller says people’s livelihoods are at stake and ministers cannot afford to make simple technical mistakes.

“Ask those businesses and the employees of the McArthur River mine if they think it’s good to have a minister at the helm who’s still learning,” she said.

“We’re toying with the idea of a lot of people’s lives here and we’re toying with a business and an industry which contributes billions of dollars.”

The Opposition is expected to vote for the act.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200705/s1912950.htm

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