Only right and fair min­ers pay levy

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Ken Sali­gari, Ex­mouth

There’s an ad on TV in which the min­ers ask what the point is of pay­ing the $5-per-tonne levy.

Re­gard­less of where the money would go, it’s only right and it’s only fair that they pay it.

It is moral in­tegrity, words that aren’t in the tax-dodg­ing min­ers’ vo­cab­u­lary. Isn’t Aus­tralia a na­tion? It might be in the na­tional in­ter­est for them to pay.

What they are re­ally say­ing is “bug­ger Aus­tralia, our prof­its are all that mat­ters. Be happy with the crumbs from the rich man’s ta­ble.”

I think you would find that if they were forced to pay, WA would do a deal whereby most of the money would stay in WA, like a Fed­eral grant.

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