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BHP Highlights Flaw in Resources Super Profits Tax

Making another attempt to hit out at the Resources Super Profits Tax in Australia, mining giant BHP Billiton sent out a letter to shareholders pointing out a supposed flaw in the law.

According to BHP chairman Jac Nasser the proposed 40% tax on the "super profits" will impact the mining industry adversely as the investment and financial characteristics of individual minerals are different.

Mr. Nasser wants the Australian government to redesign the proposed law to allow different tax rates according to the mineral resource being mined. Mr. Nasser wants this tax be based on the value of the mineral irrespective of the infrastructural processing and other supporting activities.

Doing this would not unintentionally penalize the mining industry as per Mr. Nasser. If the redesign is not possible, he would like to see the RSPT being abandoned. However Prime Minsiter Rudd is in no mood for a compromise after his discussions in Perth with miners.

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