The Construction, Forestry, Mining and Electrical Union (CFMEU) says the release of figures warning that emissions trading will cost thousands of jobs is part of a scare campaign.
The Minerals Council says emissions trading will cost 23,000 jobs in the next decade .
But the CFMEU's Tony Maher says the Minerals Council is using the figures irresponsibly.
"Even on their own shonky report there's a very significant growth in employment," he said.
It's nice, really nice, to see Tony Maher from the CFMEU being honest. The Minerals Council are spinning this for all it's worth, even though they're getting more than they asked for in the CPRS. The CFMEU has run spin campaigns with the Minerals Coucil before, but obviously they aren't as conjoined as it previously seemed.
Also worth noting that on Stateline tonight (I'll link to the transcript when it goes up), solar researchers are planning to start a PV cell manufacturing industry, which they estimate will provide 70 construction, and 120 jobs. They also estimated that such an industry could eventually end up providing 40,000 jobs (if I remember the figure correctly).
That's what I call an offset.