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Pil­bara MLA Bren­don Grylls’ $5/tonne tax on BHP Bil­li­ton and Rio Tinto has gen­er­ated plenty of dis­cus­sion over the past few weeks.

$5 ton OK, no roy­al­ties: 60 cents to Perth, 40 cents to Can­berra, $2.50 to Pil­bara & $1.50 to schools, hospi­tal and every­one happy. @KuwaatiDYinc Throw the gold min­ers in too. Why should they get a free ride? I pay $1.25 a litre for diesel, bet they don't. Nigel Mor­gan

Politi­cians vow to up pres­sure on Rio Tinto’s de­ci­sion to shun a per­ma­nent work­force.

Com­mu­nity pres­sure is re­quired. The only thing these big mobs care about is their pub­lic im­age. That and their share­hold­ers. An­drew Smith All the big ones do it, just not to the ex­tent of these two. Brent Jones

Kar­ratha waved good­bye to an­other long-term lo­cal cou­ple, with John and Ann Rose up­ping stumps.

All the best. I have fond mem­o­ries of work­ing as your butcher’s as­sis­tant back in the early days. Dun­can Ab­botts

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