A strong message to multinationals
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.