Sup­port stays for mine tax

Pilbara News - - State Election 2017 - Tom Zaun­mayr

Opin­ion in Brendon Grylls’ elec­torate on the WA Na­tion­als’ pro­posed spe­cial lease rental re­mains slightly favourable as polling else­where in the State ap­pears to be go­ing south.

A ReachTEL poll con­ducted last week re­vealed sup­port for the $5-atonne iron ore levy had fallen from 50 per cent in Septem­ber to 35 per cent two months out from the State elec­tion.

Mean­while, 26 per cent of the 1523 vot­ers across the State were un­de­cided. A poll of fol­low­ers on Pil­bara

News so­cial me­dia pages, how­ever, showed sup­port had re­mained steady at 49 per cent.

Mr Grylls said a cam­paign claim­ing the levy would raise no money for the State had been disin­gen­u­ous.

“It raises $7.2 bil­lion to sta­bilise the State’s econ­omy, it al­lows us to in­vest in pay­roll tax ex­emp­tions for 10,000 busi­nesses in West Aus­tralia, and we’ll be an­nounc­ing sub­stan­tial in­vest­ments into tourism in the next cou­ple of weeks,” he said.

“Legacy State agree­ment hold­ers that dom­i­nate iron ore ex­ports can pay a bit more to sta­bilise the Bud­get and al­low us to in­vest in the new ar­eas of the econ­omy that we need to drive us out of the bot­tom of the cy­cle.” Mr Grylls said the levy would guar­an­tee the fu­ture of Roy­al­ties for Re­gions, which he said was un­der threat be­cause of the state of the econ­omy.

Lib­eral can­di­date for Pil­bara Mark Alchin said the in­creas­ing amount of un­de­cided vot­ers re­flected the fact peo­ple were start­ing to scratch below the sur­face.

“Peo­ple are start­ing to sit down and look at the facts on both sides and re­alise it is not as sim­ple as in­creas­ing taxes to solve the big prob­lems,” he said.

“Some­thing like 2900 jobs are pre­dicted to go as a re­sult of the tax.”

Mr Alchin said his op­po­nents’ as­ser­tion Roy­al­ties for Re­gions was un­der threat was “rub­bish”.

WA Op­po­si­tion Leader Mark McGowan ac­cused Mr Grylls of “hat­ing” min­ing com­pa­nies.

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