Dark day for the state says Ramsey

Member for Grey Rowan Ramseyhas said the Prime Minister JuliaGillard must take some of theresponsibility for BHP’s completereassessment of the Olympic Damexpansion.
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“This is not a deferment; it is areturn to assessing the wholeviability of the project and isdisastrous news for SouthAustralia.

“Once again, today in questiontime, Julia Gillard refused to admitthat her carbon tax which was todirectly cost BHP tens of millions ofdollars on the expansion is even atiny bit responsible for BHP’sdecision.

“So much in South Australia hasbeen riding on this decision.

“The state government haswritten the increased revenues intoits forward planning, whilstcommunities like Port Augusta andWhyalla have been beneficiaries ofimproved confidence.

“Businesses have positionedthemselves to participate in theboom,” Mr Ramsey said.

“They will all feel the effects ofthis decision.

“Roxby Downs has already losthundreds of jobs in the last fewweeks.”

Mr Ramsey said despite spendingbillions of dollars on the project thusfar, BHP is prepared at this latedate to abandon the deal.

BHP has quoted businessconditions in Australia as a majorreason for reassessment.

Mr Ramsey said he wrote anarticle in June where he said, “Wecannot operate in a vacuum andpretend Australia is independent ofthe rest of the world.

“Like it or not, we are in directcompetition and simply cannotafford to price ourselves out of themarket by erecting artificialbarriers.”

Mr Ramsey concluded by saying“The warning signs have been therefor months and yet the governmenthas simply refused to confront theobstacles, almost all created bythemselves.

“This is a dark day for the state.”

IN WITH THE LOCALS: Roxby Downs residents (from left) Chris Konig, Craig Sumsion and Jill Konig met member for Grey Rowan Ramsey during his trip in May.