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Call for govt to take shackles off aluminium industry

Rio Tinto Alcan, Yarwun.
Rio Tinto Alcan, Yarwun. Tom Huntley

THE aluminium industry's peak body has gotten behind producers such as Boyne Smelters Ltd and the Rio Tinto Alcan QAL and Yarwun sites, calling on the Federal Government to remove imposts on Australia's aluminium industry.

The Australian Aluminium Council has called for the two crucial decisions impacting Australia's ability to compete with the rest of the world - the carbon tax to be repealed, and the burden of renewable energy subsidies lifted.

AAC executive director Miles Prosser said the industry had been transforming its business in the face of unprecedented market challenges, which both Mike Dunstan and Joe Rea - the heads of Gladstone's QAL and BSL - have been addressing.

But Mr Prosser said the industry continued to be weighed down by unnecessary imposts as it fought to compete on the world stage.

"Now is the time for parliamentarians to release the cost burden and allow Australia's aluminium industry to compete," he said.

Topics:  aluminium, gladstone business, qal, resources, rio tinto alcan



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