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Jsk MEDIA RELEASE 31 May, 1984

"The imposition of the coal export levy solely on exports from BHP/

Utah mines is typical of the inconsistent and ad hoc approach of this Government to the coal industry," the Opposition Spokesman for Northern Development Ray Braithwaite said today.

In presenting a Notice of Motion to the House of Representatives today,

Mr Braithwaite reiterated the Opposition's call for the removal of the coal export levey from all coal exports.

"The fact that the levy has now been lifted from South Blackwater and

Moura exports vindicates the Opposition's call, but t h e selective imposition of the BHP tax smacks of retaliation against the "Big Australian", after the price disagreements of last month.

"Indeed, one would have to question the constitutionality of a one- company tax.

Mr Braithwaite said that grave difficulties were being faced by the coal industry throughout Australia, because of having to sell on a world market at depressed prices.

"These difficulties are being exacerbated by Federal and State Govern­ ment charges, unnecessary federal intervention into the market place,

and the intended imposition of yet another tax as a resource rental tax," Mr Braithwaite said.

He called upon all Governments to give realistic and appropriate relief

to the coal industry by reducing charges and allowing the industry a free hand to compete on world markets.

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