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Go mining, MP urges

Andrew Leigh.

Andrew Leigh. Photo: Elesa Lee

Andrew Leigh is encouraging his constituents to leave Canberra for their own good. Really.

The member for Fraser says while he usually encourages people to move to the nation's capital, he wants to help those looking for temporary lucrative work in the mines.

Western Australia and Queensland are paying top wages to attract qualified trades people, creating problems for the building industry elsewhere.

Dr Leigh says the 2011 census shows that only 94 people who usually live in Canberra are employed in the mining industry.

''I've had some young Canberrans tell me they'd like to work in the mining industry to try to save some money to buy a house and start a family,'' he said on Tuesday.

''As Canberra is located so far away from the mines, it's difficult to get information about how to apply for jobs in the industry.

''There are so many jobs available in the mining industry for people of all different skills, such as construction, hospitality and engineering.

''The right role for a local representative is to help people live their dreams, that's why I support campaigns to attract people to visit or move to Canberra.

''In the same spirit, it's why I'm keen to help Canberrans who want to break into the mining industry. I'll be letting the mining companies know about local interest in jobs.''

If there is sufficient interest from the local community in mining jobs, Dr Leigh intends to host information sessions.

''I encourage everyone who wants to know more … to call or email to register their interest,'' he said.

13 comments

  • Hasn't this fool seen the list of companies that are laying off employees in the mines around Australia.

    This attitude is worse than the culture of the New Guinea natives expecting the Americans to return since the second world war.

    The whole business of a multitude of jobs is just a smoke screen to hide the parlous state of employment in Australia - ask a retailer or a restauranteur. Even real estate agents are stating that it is the worst time in history for selling a house.

    Commenter
    Peter E
    Location
    Chapel hill
    Date and time
    November 28, 2012, 7:58AM
    • Sadly, the calibre of politicians in Canberra is low - very low!

      Commenter
      JD
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 9:10AM
  • This man really is a drain on the tax payer purse.

    Commenter
    NITRO GANGSTER
    Location
    ACT
    Date and time
    November 28, 2012, 8:26AM
    • Short on headlines this week Mr Leigh.

      Commenter
      COOL OLD DOG
      Location
      ACT
      Date and time
      November 28, 2012, 8:40AM
      • And reliable tradies will be even harder to get in Canberra. It's not as though we have a surplus or low wages here.

        Is Leigh interested just in helping a small number of individuals or the Canberra community.

        If people want jobs in mining (or any other industry), they need to have enough iniative to find their own jobs in the industry.

        Commenter
        Canberran
        Location
        Canberra
        Date and time
        November 28, 2012, 9:01AM
        • Just who is this man representing anyway?

          Commenter
          WorkingMum
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          November 28, 2012, 9:02AM
          • Oh dear, this is the same chap that was boasting just weeks ago that Australia has the same level of skilled immigration as the US, despite a far smaller population. At least he's now pretending to do something for his constituents... it's a start.

            Commenter
            Confused
            Date and time
            November 28, 2012, 9:03AM
            • Mining companies are trying to make profits. I don't think they want public servants on their books.

              Commenter
              Economist
              Date and time
              November 28, 2012, 9:25AM
              • BHP Billiton had trouble not only in attracting workers up on the North West Projects, they also had trouble keeping them once they were trained. What was their solution? Get government approval to Bring in workers from Thailand. The result is a much more committed and stable workforce. If Dr Leigh had taken the trouble to do a little checking, he could have discovered that. It seems that he needs to do a little mining on himself to ensure that his head sees the light of day.

                Too little, too late, Dr Leigh. With talent like that you should be in the Gillard Ministry.

                Commenter
                Getting Serious
                Date and time
                November 28, 2012, 9:59AM
                • Clearly Andrew hasn't had recent experience with trying to find a skilled tradesperson to do basic housing upgrades/ works. The last thing we need is to lose more people.

                  More emphasis perhaps on skilling young people to fill the gap and pursue opportunities elsewhere.

                  Commenter
                  lola
                  Date and time
                  November 28, 2012, 10:06AM

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