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Australian Gas Industry Wants to Curb Pay as Cooks Earn $325,000

The Australian government should act to rein in rising labor costs that threaten a potential A$180 billion ($167 billion) expansion of the nation’s liquefied natural gas industry, a lobbying group said.

Cooks at offshore projects earning more than A$350,000 a year and laundry hands getting more than A$325,000 annually are among examples of Australia’s high wages, according to the Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association. Some barge welders earn almost A$400,000, the group said.