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bill changes do not go far enough
“The good news is that in response to community
outrage, federal Attorney-General
Nicola Roxon has agreed to delete the words offend,
insult and intimidate from parts
of her draft Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination
Bill,” FamilyVoice research
officer Ros Phillips said today.
“The bad news is that far too many harmful
sections remain, including the reversal
of the onus of proof and the continued use of the
highly subjective terms offend and
insult in the racial discrimination provisions.”
FamilyVoice is among the many community groups,
state governments, legal experts and
individuals who have expressed deep concern about
“It is disappointing that the Greens, along with
some homosexual activists and trade
unions, have argued that the bill should remain
unchanged or made even more
punitive,” Mrs Phillips said.
One of the bill’s many flaws is the inclusion of
“religion” and “political opinion”
in the long list of protected attributes.
Victoria’s controversial Racial and Religious
Tolerance Act protects the attribute
of religion. It
led to a bitterly contested court battle between two pastors and
the Islamic Council of Victoria following
complaints about statements quoting the
pastors were ultimately vindicated by the Victorian Supreme Court of
Appeal – but only after five years and huge legal
Ros Phillips agrees with Dr Nicholas
Tonti-Filippini, who noted that religious
people are often the target of offensive comments
– but he does not want such
commentary made unlawful.
“We would much rather see it exposed for what it is and
dealt with in robust debate,” he said (Sydney
Morning Herald, 30/1/13).
Ros Phillips said the bill, even with Ms Roxon’s
proposed amendments, is
“It is long and complex, largely because there are so many
exceptions to its rules,” she said.
“It suffers from a split personality – where
discrimination is both good and bad.
Its vague wording can make it hard to
determine what is lawful and what is not.
“This bill has human rights in its title, but it
undermines basic human rights such
as freedom of speech and association, while
reversing the onus of proof. It
be withdrawn,” Ros Phillips said.
New requirements for Public Reporting
of Minerals: Exploration Results, Mineral
Resources & Ore Reserves
The Australasian Joint Ore Reserves
Committee (JORC) has released a revised JORC
Code following an extensive public
Reporting in accordance with The JORC
Code (full title: Australasian Code for
Reporting of Exploration Results,
Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves) is essential
to ensure investor confidence in the
minerals industry in Australasia.
JORC Chairman Peter Stoker said 'the
new JORC Code represents a major step in the
evolution of Australasia's systems to
ensure transparent reporting of all material
information to investors about reported
Exploration Results, Mineral Resources and
'The revised Code significantly
increases the level of transparency and disclosure
that is required in Public Reports and
will assist investors in making better
informed judgements,' Mr Stoker said.
'Most of the Public Reports released
under the guidance of the JORC Code in recent
years have been of an excellent
standard, but a few have left significant room for
improvement. The new JORC Code provides
for those improvements to be made, with the
Code lifting the minimum standard for a
Public Report to include the release of much
more of the material information about
Exploration Results, about the estimation
process for Mineral Resources and Ore
Reserves and about the material factors that
could impact upon the investors'
understanding of the minerals project.'
Mr Stoker said 'Early adoption of the
JORC Code, 2012 Edition is strongly encouraged
now, and from 1 December 2013 it
becomes mandatory. Companies should note, however,
that if they wish to use the revised
Code in developing their Public Reports, then
they need to apply the 2012 Code in
full as well as complying with the revised ASX
listing rules. Cherry-picking of parts
of the new Code that a Company favours, but
not embracing it comprehensively for
Public Reporting, is not acceptable.'
The JORC Code, 2012 Edition has been
released with the endorsement of JORC's parent
bodies: the Minerals Council of
Australia, the Australian Institute of Geoscientists
and The Australasian Institute of
Mining and Metallurgy. The 2012 Code was endorsed
by the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)
through the inclusion of the 2012 JORC
Code in the revised ASX listing rules.
The Code is also
endorsed by the Australian Securities
and Investment Commission (ASIC) and the
Financial Services Institute of
The JORC Committee will work with its
parent bodies, the ASX and ASIC to promote the
new Code and support companies and
minerals sector professionals to ensure future
Public Reports are able to meet both
the ASX listing rules and the JORC Code's
requirements to adequately inform
Contact: Peter Stoker
Phone: +61 (0)412 260 200
Transition to the new Code
The JORC Code 2012 Edition and the new
ASX Listing Rules relating to the disclosure
of reserves and resources by ASX-listed
mining and oil & gas exploration and
production companies will come into
effect on 1 December 2013 (with the exception of
the requirement for a Pre-Feasibility
Study or a Feasibility Study to be completed
in order to declare an Ore Reserve,
which will come into effect on 1
During the transition period until 30
November 2013, the minimum requirement for
Public Reports is compliance with the
JORC Code 2004 Edition and the current ASX
Listing Rules. From 1 December 2013 all
Public Reports must comply with the JORC
Code 2012 Edition and the new ASX
Listing Rules (with the exception of the
above-mentioned Pre-Feasibility Study
and Feasibility Study requirements which must
be complied with from 1 December 2014).
The new ASX Listing Rules are available
Both ASX and JORC encourage early
voluntary adoption of the JORC Code 2012 Edition
and the new ASX Listing Rules during
the transition period, before the new
requirements come into effect.
An entity that voluntarily adopts the
new requirements before they come into effect
should ensure that it is in a position
to apply the new requirements to all Public
Reports issued by it from that point.
ASX will expect the entity to continue to
comply with the new ASX Listing Rules
for the remainder of the transition period
(with the exception of the
above-mentioned Pre-Feasibility Study and Feasibility
Study requirements, unless they are
Background to the revised JORC Code
The revised JORC Code is the result of
an extensive consultation process that
commenced in 2011.
An October 2011 Issues Paper attracted
114 written submissions as well as
significant further feedback received
through public forums and meetings. A
September 2012 Exposure Draft JORC Code
attracted 82 written submissions.
The extensive consultation process
confirmed that there is strong support for the
JORC Code to remain a principles-based
professional Code. The consultation
highlighted the need for the Code to
support improved disclosure standards and a
greater balance between the application
of the principles of Transparency,
Materiality and Competence in Public
The JORC Committee is very grateful to
everyone who took the time to attend
consultation sessions and provide
comments throughout the review process.
Supporting material and implementing
the JORC Code
The revised JORC Code is available on
the JORC website: www.jorc.org.
The JORC Committee has also today released:
* a summary of the differences between
the 2004 and 2012 Editions of the JORC Code,
including simple 'explanatory notes'
for each Clause of the 2012 Edition.
* a 'side by side' presentation of the
2004 and 2012 Editions of the Code to assist
in understanding the changes
implemented in the new Code.
The JORC Committee in collaboration
with its parent bodies, ASX and ASIC is planning
an extensive program of seminars and
workshops to build minerals professionals'
understanding of the 2012 JORC Code.
These important professional development
sessions will support the effective
implementation of the revised JORC Code and
provide an excellent platform for
improved reporting of Exploration Results, Mineral
Resources and Ore Reserves. More
information will be available in the near future.
jobs election ad campaign hits TV screens in
The Construction Forestry Mining and
Energy Union has launched a TV advertising
blitz aimed at making the mining boom
deliver jobs for Australian workers, greater
investment in mining communities and
better management of the economy for key
sectors such as manufacturing.
The ads — part of the CFMEU’s
“Let’s Spread it Around” campaign — tell the stories
of four real Australians, highlighting
growing problems such as mining and
construction jobs going to temporary
overseas workers and manufacturing jobs
disappearing due to the high Australian
Thirty-five marginal and key
battleground seats are among those being targeted by
the ads, with a major focus on regional
Australia where the CFMEU has tens of
thousands of members employed in
mining, manufacturing, construction, forestry, and
other affected industries.
“The mining boom has created
opportunities for many Australians, but it has left
many more behind, badly hurting
job-rich sectors such as manufacturing, tourism and
education,” CFMEU National Secretary
Michael O'Connor said.
“The latest Immigration Department
data reveals that the number of temporary
overseas workers employed in trades
occupations in South Australia leapt 15.9 per
cent between July and the end of
November last year.
“This campaign is about refocusing
the policies of the main political parties so the
big opportunities of the boom can be
seized: to reduce unemployment; provide
training and jobs to a new generation
of Australian workers; and invest in the
communities most affected.
“Now the election has been called we
want to see all parties commit to better
managing the mining boom and the
economy for ordinary Australians.”
Mr O'Connor said that while the
challenges posed by the mining boom are clear, with
better management it is possible to
deliver more jobs for Australians, more
investment in communities and improved
economic conditions for key segments of the
economy such as manufacturing.
“The high Aussie dollar, driven by
the boom, is putting more pressure on
manufacturing jobs, and instead of
Government policies designed to help local jobs,
in many cases we have the opposite”,
Mr O’Connor said.
“The level playing field is a joke.
Australian standards are not properly applied to
imports, letting cheap and inferior
products flood the market and putting workers
and consumers at risk.
“And worse, major projects, including
those with taxpayer funds, are using more and
more imported products, putting
Australians out of work. We need to make sure local
projects use local products, and
Australian manufacturers get an even break,” Mr
“And while youth unemployment remains
a major issue in communities across the
country, big miners are continuing to
bring in temporary foreign workers to build
and operate their mines.
“Meanwhile people in mining
communities are increasingly suffering from the high
cost of living and a lack of amenities
and local infrastructure.
“This campaign builds on the
CFMEU’s efforts to stop the dumping of cheap and
inferior products by overseas
companies, which undermines local jobs. The work is
already paying off, with the Federal
Government announcing it will set up a new
The “Let’s Spread it Around”
commercials tell the stories of four real Australian
workers: Steve works in a mine and has
a good career and prospects, but knows of many
who have missed out; Tim has been
trying to get work in the mining sector without
success, at the same time as mining
companies are bringing in temporary foreign
labour; Greg works for a glass
manufacturer that has already shed hundreds of jobs as
a result of cheap foreign imports, some
of which fail to meet Australian standards
applied to local products; and Rosel
works for a company that makes arena seating.
The company has built stadiums and
theatres around the world, but is now missing out
on local work, including taxpayer
funded jobs, to overseas suppliers, putting dozens
of jobs at risk. For more information
on the campaign, go to: