Moore calls for Nats re­jec­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Gareth Parker

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.”

Pic­ture: Nic El­lis

Nor­man Moore has at­tacked Bren­don Grylls’ min­ing tax plan.

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