Ore tax will be good for cre­ation of jobs

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Wil­liam Har­vey Ko­jonup

Rio Tinto and BHP Bil­li­ton are or­ches­trat­ing a des­per­ate and ex­pen­sive ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign un­prece­dented in the his­tory of WA elec­tions; a scare­mon­ger­ing cam­paign cost­ing mil­lions of dol­lars based on lies and sup­ported by Colin Bar­nett and Mark McGowan.

Firstly if Bren­don Grylls’ pro­posal suc­ceeds, ev­ery dol­lar raised will stay in WA, no money will go east.

The only jobs that will be lost are those as a re­sult of slash­ing the work force through in­creased ef­fi­ciency, au­toma­tion, di­lu­tion of over­heads and min­ing big­ger vol­umes of ore with fewer peo­ple.

If the $7 bil­lion lease rental over four years stayed in WA to abol­ish pay­roll tax for small busi­ness, cre­ate a world-class cen­tre of ex­cel­lence for min­ing in Kal­go­or­lie etc in­stead of es­cap­ing off­shore to the for­eign in­vestors who own 80 per cent of the busi­nesses, the in­crease in new jobs would be huge.

We com­plain about for­eign own­er­ship of farm­land, well the farms are still here, but the iron ore, which is fi­nite, and the money go off­shore and we’re left with a big hole and rel­a­tively lit­tle to show for it.

It is pro­jected that in the next four years these com­pa­nies will make a com­bined profit in ex­cess of $100 bil­lion and Grylls on be­half of the peo­ple of WA is fight­ing to keep just seven per cent of that in WA.

The ar­ro­gance of the big min­ers with the big bag of money, and the La­bor and Lib­eral par­ties to deny the peo­ple of WA a fair price for the iron ore they own, while at the same time plead­ing for their votes, is ab­so­lutely un­be­liev­able.

Make sure you sup­port Bren­don Grylls and The Na­tion­als and give short shrift to the es­tab­lish­ment who are all tak­ing the peo­ple of WA for fools.

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