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Monday, 19 March 2012
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Senator JOYCE (QueenslandLeader of The Nationals in the Senate) (21:14): I would like to talk about the mining tax in the 17 seconds I have left. Getting something through this parliament with a Green-Labor-Independent alliance is hardly splitting the atom. It is going to be very interesting to see exactly how much financial trouble this crowd gets us into, considering that this mining tax is actually going to cost us money. It is actually going to send us out the back door.

The PRESIDENT: Senator Joyce, you actually have another 15 seconds.

Senator JOYCE: I would probably want slightly more to show you the deficiencies in the mining tax, but let us go with 15 seconds. Mr Wayne Swan says that the royalties belong to everybody. Well, they do not. Under section—(Time expired)

The PRESIDENT: The time for the debate has concluded.