Think for your­self be­fore you vote

Pilbara News - - Opinion - S. White, Wick­ham.

Hav­ing lived and worked in the Pil­bara a long time, I’m hear­ing lots of view points in re­gards to the up­com­ing elec­tion.

Can I sug­gest that if you work for Rio Tinto or BHP Bil­li­ton, please vote ac­cord­ing to your own con­science — think for your­self.

I un­der­stand the staff at one com­pany can’t even use the toi­let in peace. I find this level of com­mu­ni­ca­tion very dis­taste­ful — it re­minds me of what went wrong in com­mu­nist Rus­sia.

The iron ore price is at $120 per tonne. The Na­tion­als are propos­ing a $5 per tonne rent pay­ment. This is based on an in­crease from 25 cents, which has never in­creased since the 60s. I know I don’t have any bills that never go up, so why should BHP and Rio?

As for los­ing jobs, I get that. My dad got made re­dun­dant af­ter 30-plus years of lo­cal ser­vice and was thrown on the scrap heap. If you think your job is safe with­out this in­crease in rent, then I be­lieve you are in­cor­rect.

Across the world, more and more jobs are be­ing au­to­mated and BHP and Rio will con­tinue to do so.

For me, this elec­tion comes down to ei­ther BHP and Rio pay­ing a bit more and be­ing bet­ter cor­po­rate cit­i­zens or me and you pay­ing more. It’s an easy an­swer.

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