The South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy has struck out at state parliamentary leaders following a televised leadership debate earlier this week.
SACOME claimed in a recent statement that premier Jay Weatherill and opposition leader Steven Marshall showed “a distinct lack of awareness of the importance of the resources sector”.
Acting chief executive of SACOME Jonathon Forbes said that state priorities such as education, health and social issues can only be funded through a resilient economy.
“The resources sector is one of our state’s few real opportunities to provide this, but we’re hearing little about it from either side of politics,” he said.
South Australian premier Jay Weatherill responded to these accusations earlier today, claiming that during the debate on Monday night he specifically spoke about the importance of the role of the mining sector in South Australia's economy.
"On the first full day of the election campaign, I released a comprehensive plan for South Australia, which includes a series of initiatives for the mining and energy sector,” premier Weatherill said.
"To further capitalise on South Australia's vast mineral and energy resources, Labor will work to attract more investment to explore and commercialise our deposits.”