Raise lease to meet in­dex

Pilbara News - - Pilbara Opinion -

The 25 cent per tonne land lease, not a tax, was in­tro­duced into the Pil­bara Iron Ore Deal be­tween the State Gov­ern­ment and the min­ing com­pa­nies in 1964 and ac­cepted by them with­out op­po­si­tion.

The un­for­tu­nate part is that no in­dex­a­tion was specif­i­cally en­tered into the deal.

In fact, 25¢ in 1964 is now worth $3.16, so why are we not paid that amount?

No goods, ser­vices, wages or any­thing else is dealt with in 1964 dol­lars. I'm sure that the chiefs of BHP Bil­li­ton and Rio Tinto would not ac­cept 1964 dol­lar wages.

So why don't we stop the scare­mon­ger­ing non­sense and have the min­ers pay us that you do to help keep our com­mu­nity safe and healthy.

As your La­bor rep­re­sen­ta­tive in State Par­lia­ment, I wish you all a the equiv­a­lent 1964 agreed value?

Ev­ery WA politi­cian should be push­ing for this, if they claim to do what is good for our State. merry Christ­mas and a safe and happy new year.

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