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Older workforce & women needed in mining

A workforce dominated by soft, satisfied idealists is ”pissing away” Australia’s position of economic strength and taking the nation backwards, according to the head of a Chinese-controlled mining company with multiple projects in Australia.

Andrew Michelmore, the head of MMG, which has headquarters in Melbourne but is dominated by China, said Australia was suffering from ”rich country’s disease” and would devolve into a welfare state unless workers rediscovered a hunger for excellence.

Addressing the Australian-British Chamber of Commerce, Mr Michelmore, the former head of Western Mining Corporation, lamented the immobility of the Australian workforce and the resulting skills shortage in remote areas like Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

”People can’t be bothered moving 25 kilometres to get a job because they will live off social welfare instead, and it’s a real worry for me watching Australia have a luxurious time at the benefit of our relationship with China,” he said.

More older people and women should be returned to a workforce which was dominated by people with ”airy fairy”, ”idealistic” and ”altruistic” attitudes.

”We need to get the grey hairs back into industry and working, we need to get more women involved in work,” he said. ”We need to get some hunger and drive back into this country, we are becoming soft.”

Frustrating lack of mining workers

A lack of workers has long frustrated the resources sector as it tries to develop billions of dollars worth of projects over the next decade.

MMG has its headquarters and three mines in Australia, one each in Queensland, Western Australia and Tasmania.

The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union’s national president, Tony Maher, rejected Mr Michelmore’s comments. He said they were ”a trojan horse for a Chinese labour debate”.

 

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21 Responses to “Older workforce & women needed in mining”

  1. Ricky J says:

    Im not old but im not young either, Im kean as to start a career in mining. Ive been applying for the last year but havent even been looked at. I havent got any experience but would love the opportunity to start an apprentichip or entry level job with career prgression.
    Unfortunatley I can only work in Qld DIDO from Townsvile or FIFO.

  2. Rebecca heaton says:

    Heard these news reports before and there is no jobs unless you live in the area and have experience. Alot of my mates have been trying for years and have many tickets and all stuck in civil construction hoping one day for that phone call. If there is any mining company’s out there seeking a couple of female moxy operators?


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