If Australians don’t want high-paid mining jobs they shouldn’t hold back the nation by opposing imported labour, federal resources minister Martin Ferguson says.
Asked why the federal government’s $3000-$9000 incentives for skilled workers to relocate to remote areas appeared to be failing, Mr Ferguson told AAP in Perth on Friday it was personal choice.
“Those who are in a position, who are hungry for a job, will chase it,” he said.
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