The slump in the resources sector continues to take its toll on the Australian economy, with the state of New South Wales recently announcing the loss of nearly 1,500 mining jobs in the past year alone.

Energy and Resources Minister Chris Hartcher revealed that a total of 1,467 jobs in the sector have been cut – primarily amongst contractors and suppliers – during heated questioning at a budget estimates hearing last week. During a grilling by Greens mining spokesman Jeremy Buckingham on the precise scale of…