Mining Tax an 'Election Fix' Says Abbot

Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbot has called the mining tax an election fix saying that the Gillard government lied about reaching the agreement on the mineral resource rent tax (MRRT) to secure an election victory. This was in response to the three mining giants BHP Billiton, Rio Tinto and Xstrata having a meeting this week to consider abandoning the deal.

The mining trio feels that the government is backing away from a key provision of the July 2, 2010 agreement regarding all state royalties being offset by the MRRT. The government says that the deal would be limited to state royalties which were in place or scheduled when the original resource super profits tax was announced in May.

The mining tax seems to be unravelling said the opposition leader speaking in Canberra. Mr Abbot said that plainly this was a government which said one thing before an election to try and win votes and is doing something quite different after the election.

He even accused the government of not telling the truth. He quoted the head of Rio Tinto, Sam Walsh saying that if you can't trust the government who can you trust? And ended with saying that this was the problem with the Gillard government, you couldn't trust it.

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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