Davies vows to con­tinue min­ing tax fight

Pilbara News - - News - Dy­lan Ca­porn

New Na­tion­als leader Mia Davies has vowed to con­tinue Bren­don Grylls’ min­ing tax push, de­spite the mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar cam­paign by in­dus­try dur­ing the election.

But whether the party forms an Op­po­si­tion al­liance or coali­tion with the Lib­er­als was still not clear, with Ms Davies de­fend­ing the Na­tion­als’ in­de­pen­dence.

Ms Davies, who was en­dorsed last week by Na­tion­als MPs af­ter a bal­lot as Mr Grylls’ suc­ces­sor, said the party would con­tinue to press the case to in­crease the spe­cial lease rental for BHP Bil­li­ton and Rio Tinto from 25c to $5 a tonne.

“My mes­sage to the peo­ple of WA and BHP and Rio Tinto and the Cham­ber of Min­er­als and En­ergy is that the CME bet­ter put their hands back into their pocket and get ready for an­other ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paign be­cause ab­so­lutely with­out doubt the one thing our party room has said this morn­ing is that we do not think it’s fair that nor­mal West Aus­tralians should have to pay more when those two com­pa­nies are not pay­ing their fair share,” she said.

“The plat­form we took to the party in ask­ing those two com­pa­nies to pay their fair share is some­thing that our party room is still com­mit­ted to and we will be hav­ing dis­cus­sions about how we roll that out over the next 12 to 24 months.”

Ms Davies, the party’s first fe­male leader in its 103-year his­tory, said the Na­tion­als would en­gage in dis­cus­sions with the Lib­er­als over the com­ing months on whether the two par­ties would form an al­liance in op­po­si­tion.

New Lib­eral leader Mike Na­han said he was open to dis­cus­sions with the Na­tion­als over the fu­ture of the al­liance.

Up­per House MP Jac­qui Boy­dell was elected Na­tion­als’ deputy leader af­ter a bal­lot.

Pic­ture: Nic Ellis Jac­qui Boy­dell and Mia Davies will lead the WA Na­tion­als.

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