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Labor's 'no compromise' approach on mining tax a snub to Tasmanian concerns



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Senator Stephen Parry Chief Opposition Whip in the Senate Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate Liberal, Tasmania

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Friday May 21, 2010

Labor’s ‘no compromise’ approach on mining tax a snub to Tasmanian concerns

REPORTS that Trade Minister Simon Crean told buyers of Australian mineral exports that the Rudd Government will not compromise on its mining tax-grab should concern all Tasmanians, Liberal Senator Stephen Parry said.

“Braddon Labor MP Sid Sidebottom is quoted today as saying ‘ there is a lot of negotiation and clarification to take place’ on this job-destroying tax, but Mr Crean and other Labor ministers have implied - if not outright stated - that there will be no compromise,” Senator Parry said.

“And although senior Labor ministers are refusing to compromise, the Rudd Government has announced a ‘series of state-based workshops’ to consult on the new tax.

“This raises two questions: One, what is the point of public consultation if the Labor Government is firm on its position? And, two, why was Tasmania not included?

“Meanwhile, New South Wales’ Labor premier, Kristina Keneally, has added her voice to those of her counterparts in Queensland and Western Australia, all expressing concern about the impact of a $9 billion impost on the mining industry.

“I again call on Labor MPs in Tasmania, particularly Mr Sidebottom and Resources Minister Bryan Green, to stand up for Tasmanian jobs and oppose this tax.”

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