Profits don’t stay here

PORT Waratah Coal Services CEO Hennie Du Plooy (‘‘Company asked for response to catalogue of terminal concerns’’ Herald 17/5) said he believed most people supported the T4 coal terminal proposal because of the ‘‘immense economic and job opportunities it would bring’’.

When we do get a chance to read the 494 submissions made on the proposal, we will see if his statement is truly indicative of what most local people think. The environmental impact statement for the proposal seemed to me to be based on the notion that most people wanted to see a quick economic gain from today’s mining boom. But according to the Australia Institute, 83per cent of mining profits leave Australian shores along with the coal. I guess most of ‘‘the people’’ Mr Du Plooy refers to live overseas.

Claire Charles, Mayfield

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