Min­ing tax would pay for high­way

Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North -

YOUR editorial call­ing for flood­proof­ing once and for all of the Bruce High­way is well made. Enough is enough That be­ing so ev­ery North Queens­lan­der must surely be in favour of a min­er­als tax to pay for it. We must all be aware that if we have to wait for south-east cor­ner tax­pay­ers to pay, it will never hap­pen.

Ob­vi­ously we do not have the pop­u­la­tion to pay for what would be a mas­sive in­fra­struc­ture cost. What we do have though are min­eral de­posits that be­long to us and for which the world is pre­pared to pay hand­somely.

If we miss this op­por­tu­nity it may well be gone for­ever. Us­ing the timetable in­cluded in your editorial in 40 years time this wealth which is right­fully ours could be well gone.

Wayne Goss when he was Premier used to say that he would be­lieve some­thing was re­ally needed when the pop­u­lace marched down Ge­orge St de­mand­ing to pay higher taxes to pay for it. So it is with the Bruce High­way and we should be de­mand­ing a greater share of a min­er­als tax to make it hap­pen. KEN McEL­LIG­OTT, River­side Gar­dens.

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