Raise lease to meet index
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.