Bob Brown Proposes a 'Bigger' Mining Tax

Bob Brown, Australian senator, and Parliamentary Leader of the Australian Greens, has proposed a 'bigger' mining tax to fund education to the tune of an extra $2 billion to be pumped into public schools and universities.

Senator Brown said that even if the mining tax was not returned to its original 40% the Greens will not block the Labor government's current version of the tax. They would just negotiate that the funding for educational projects was not rolled back.

At the National Press Club in Canberra Senator Brown said in his address that he would fight the expansion of the coal seam gas industry particularly in the food production areas such as the Darling Downs in Queensland. He was also likely to back light rail and establish a parliamentary budget office to provide economic and budgetary advice to the parliament.

The upbeat Greens are expected to hold the balance of power in the Senate after the elections on Saturday. In fact if Adam Bandt wins the seat of Melbourne they could also gain their second ever lower house member.

At a community forum in Brisbane Tony Abbott the opposition leader went so far as to say that Senator Brown will be an unofficial cabinet minister in the Labor government.

Joel Scanlon

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Joel, originally from the UK, emigrated to Australia in 1995 and spent 5 years working in the mining industry as an exploration Geo-technician where he developed skills in GIS Mapping and CAD. Joel also spent a year working underground in a gold/copper mine. Upon moving to the North Coast of NSW, Australia Joel worked as a graphic designer for a leading consultancy firm before starting a successful business providing graphic and web design services to local businesses on the eastern seaboard of Australia. Joel is skilled in project management, web programming, design, animation, database and networking, software and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

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