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The Pil­bara’s Lib­eral can­di­date has re­quested that the Premier re­tract re­cent com­ments made about the mining in­dus­try’s cam­paign against the WA Na­tion­als’ pro­posed mining tax.

Last week, Colin Bar­nett, who op­poses the mining tax, crit­i­cised the mining in­dus­try for its “huge me­dia cam­paign” tar­get­ing Na­tion­als Leader Bren­don Grylls.

“Look, I’m not very pleased in the way the mining in­dus­try has cam­paigned against Bren­don — I’m not very happy about that,” he said.

Pil­bara Lib­eral Can­di­date Mark Alchin said Mr Bar­nett’s com­ments sent the wrong mes­sage.

“I think when you dig down, he was re­ally mak­ing more of a recog­ni­tion of his work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Bren­don (Grylls),” he said. “Whether it’s mining or other in­dus­try which is go­ing to be af­fected by this tax, they have an obli­ga­tion to shed light on the is­sue.

“(Mr Bar­nett’s) com­ments don’t help when we are try­ing to put a big fo­cus on the im­pacts on the tax.”

Mr Alchin said the com­ments were an un­wel­come dis­trac­tion dur­ing cam­paign­ing.

Cham­ber of Min­er­als and En­ergy chief ex­ec­u­tive Reg Howard-Smith, whose or­gan­i­sa­tion has been re­spon­si­ble for the cam­paign, said the cham­ber had an “obli­ga­tion” to in­form the com­mu­nity about the tax.

Mr Grylls said he was con­fi­dent the pol­icy would be adopted with­out com­pro­mise by the Lib­er­als, cit­ing their his­tory of ne­go­ti­a­tion, which in­cluded adopt­ing Roy­al­ties for Re­gions in 2008 af­ter it had also been op­posed by Mr Bar­nett. Mr Alchin said that as­ser­tion was ridicu­lous.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Pil­bara Lib­eral can­di­date Mark Alchin.

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