A strong mes­sage to multi­na­tion­als

Pilbara News - - Opinion - Gra­ham Thom­son, Kal­go­or­lie

This elec­tion changed pol­i­tics in Aus­tralia.

For the first time, multi­na­tional com­pa­nies cam­paigned openly and ag­gres­sively to stop a mem­ber of Par­lia­ment be­ing re-elected on the ba­sis that they did not agree with the pol­icy.

One would un­der­stand a cou­ple of me­dia ref­er­ences, but a $3 mil­lion cam­paign run in dis­guise by BHP Bil­li­ton and Rio Tinto through the gut­less Cham­ber of Min­er­als and En­ergy, has seen that di­rect in­ter­ven­tion into the elec­tion process. They used un­true state­ments to sup­port their case, call­ing a lease rental which is tax de­ductible, a tax, which is not de­ductible.

The amount paid by the min­ers would have been less than the $5 and more likely around $3.50. My view is sim­ple.

If these ma­jor multi­na­tional com­pa­nies be­lieve they can­not af­ford the in­crease in the lease rental from $0.25, then I sug­gest it is time they left, be­cause there are plenty of other com­pa­nies who would be pre­pared to pay the in­creased amount.

What’s more, nei­ther com­pany has even got close to com­ply­ing with their in­di­vid­ual state agree­ments; if they had we would have a very strong steel in­dus­try in Pil­bara, as op­posed to ship­ping the ore over­seas for oth­ers to turn into steel and profit. Fi­nally, a mes­sage to both com­pa­nies. You said the $5 would see em­ploy­ees sacked.

Do not dare to sack one em­ployee. Do not dare to shift any more jobs over­seas, be­cause many in Aus­tralia will be all over you.

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