The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) of Australia has publicly asked Premier Barry O’Farrell to cancel all corruptly obtained mining licenses and ban all corrupt individuals from the mining industry.
The CFMEU welcomed the Premier’s decision to cancel the Doyles Creek, Mount Penny and Glendon Brook licenses without compensation.
According to news release issued yesterday, the CFMEU states that all individuals that have been found corrupt by the Independent Commission against Corruption (ICAC) should never again have access to profitable mining licenses.
“The ICAC’s findings on these matters were clear – a number of businessmen and government officials acted corruptly to get their hands on the very large sums of money the mining industry generates. Mr O’Farrell’s move to cancel these licenses is a strong and welcome measure – but he should go further and make sure these grubs never do business in NSW’s coal industry again,” said CFMEU National President Tony Maher.
“The mining industry is too important to risk the taint of corruption. The industry must be impeccably regulated and deliver returns to communities and taxpayers. The industry itself should fight for these licenses to be cancelled, to avoid losing public confidence. Those individuals found by the ICAC to have acted corruptly should be sent to the sin bin.”
Mr Maher further added that the CFMEU constantly rejected lobbying to support the Doyles Creek training mine, describing the whole initiative as a corrupt project.
“This was never anything more than a get-rich-quick scheme cynically dressed up as a training initiative and we refused to have a bar of it,” said Mr Maher.