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Gillard under pressure over Roy Hill  EMAs
Gillard under pressure over Roy Hill EMAs

Prime Minister Julia Gillard is under pressure from the Labor caucus to make mining companies contribute more to local communities and review the Government's plan to allow more foreign mine workers.

A caucus subcommittee set up in May is to put the final touches to its review of "spreading the benefits of the mining boom" at a meeting in Canberra next Tuesday during the week's parliament sitting.

The final report, which is currently only a draft, is to go to caucus by the end of the year.

A number of Labor MPs have been critical of the government's first enterprise migration agreement, which was announced in May and covers Gina Rinehart's Roy Hill project in WA .

The subcommittee is expected to seek stronger commitments to use Australian labour ahead of foreign workers and have the EMA policy reviewed.

The report will also cover the operation of the jobs board - set up to offer jobs to Australian mine workers - as well as Australian industry participation plans, fly-in fly-out work, tax arrangements, maximising opportunities for indigenous workers, skills training and benefits for regional development.

A source close to the 30-page draft report said the government should be looking at ways to ensure mining companies contributed more to local mining communities.

If mining companies benefited from greater flexibility and lower costs, the MPs argue, they should reciprocate in the form of skills training and the use of local fabricating and engineering groups.

The West Australian

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