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Mining Industry Calls on Gillard for Talks on Proposed Tax

The new Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is learning first hand about the pressure that forced her predecessor Kevin Rudd to quit. The mining industry has been after her to 'jumpstart' talks about the proposed mining tax so that negotiations can get underway.

As a measure of good will the Association of Mining and Exploration Companies had suspended the anti-tax campaign which it was running for a period of two weeks. This was the grace period allotted to the new Prime Minister who promised to revise the law and come back to the negotiation table with a more practical and workable option.

However the association's chief executive, Simon Bennison has aired his doubts about the government being able to do this. He said he had really serious doubts about the government’s commitment to finding a workable solution in the four days that they have left.

The Minerals Council of Australia is keen to sort out the tax problems before the elections which are expected between August and December this year. While Ms. Gillard had said she wants to resolve the issue, she has not set any timing for the debate.

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, content production, design, animation, database and networking, software, and editing. Joel has been with AZoNetwork since its inception in 2000.

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