Plans to keep mining and gas sector operating

The national cabinet will consider measures to ensure Australia’s mining and gas industries can continue operating through the COVID-19 crisis with state and territory travel bans impacting flights and non-essential staff.

The Australian is reporting the Minerals Council of Australia chief executive Tania Constable said continuing the movement of essential operational staff was crucial in keeping the mining industry active as the nation faced economic shocks fanned by the coronavirus spread.

Federal, state and territory resources ministers have met to negotiate a “co-ordinated national approach” in managing the impacts of COVID-19 on the mining and gas sectors.

Resources Minister Keith Pitt said Australia was fortunate that the mining and gas sectors were in “such a strong position heading into this crisis”.

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