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Labor's MP's 'special case' claim raises more questions over mining tax



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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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Thursday June 10, 2010

Labor MP’s ‘special case’ claim raises more questions over new mining tax

CRACKS are appearing in the Rudd Government’s mining tax campaign with a local Labor MP branding Tasmanian mining operations as ‘special cases’, Senator Stephen Parry, speaking on behalf of the Tasmanian Liberal Senate Team, said today.

“Braddon MHR Sid Sidebottom has been a vocal supporter of Labor ’s mining tax from day one, d ismissing local concerns as scaremongering and claiming that it may actually be good for some miners,” Senator Parry said.

“But yesterday Mr Sidebottom said:

‘Look Grange Resources, like any other operation here in Tassie, is a special case and where there are special cases we need to know the implications of the framework (of the mining tax) on those enterprises.’

“ The second part of this statement makes clear that the Labor Government failed to investigate the im plications of its mining tax on individual operations.

“The Government has no idea of the potential impact of this tax on companies such as Grange Resources, which directly employs about 600 Tasmanians, and has barely bothered to ask.

“Nevertheless, Labor has committed almost $40 million of taxpayers’ money to tell the Australian people that its new mining tax will be good for the country and not cost jobs, which, of course, is at odds with what the industry and respected economists are saying.”

Senator Parry said a key question for Mr Sidebottom was what he intended to do to represent the interests of the Tasmanian mining operations he now says are ‘special cases’.

“If Mr Sidebottom is finally conceding that Labor’s min ing tax would cost Tasmanian jobs, will he argue with his senior colleagues for differential rates or exemptions for local companies?”

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