Moore calls for Nats rejection
Liberal Party State president and former mines minister Norman Moore has called on WA’s two major parties to explicitly rule out forming a government with the Nationals after the next election if the price of a deal is support for it leader Brendon Grylls’ $5-a-tonne mining tax. Mr Moore, in an opinion piece in
The West Australian last week, said Mr Grylls mining tax was “typical of tall poppy syndrome” and would devastate the emerging magnetite iron ore industry.
Mr Moore is chairman of lobbying outfit Cannings Purple, which has mining companies as clients, but said he wrote the piece as a private citizen and former Pilbara resident.
“Quite frankly, it’s a dud of an idea with no upside whatsoever,” Mr Moore wrote.
“What is now needed is for both of the major parties in WA to unequivocally state before the State election in March 2017 that they will not under any circumstances form a coalition or alliance with the National Party if the price of such an arrangement is the implementation of Mr Grylls’ iron ore slug.”
Mr Grylls and Premier Colin Barnett declined to comment.
Opposition Leader Mark McGowan has said on several occasions that Labor would not form government with the Nationals under any circumstances.
“Labor stands or falls on its own,” Mr McGowan said.
“We will govern in our own right or not at all. We are now the only political party in WA that offers the prospect of stable, reasonable, economically responsible government.
“The only way the Liberal Party can govern is with the Nationals, it’s the only way they’ll get the numbers.”
Norman Moore has attacked Brendon Grylls’ mining tax plan.