The mining tax is a total furphy. I'll be surprised if mining companies ever pay a cent (none have to date), their accountants are pretty good at what they do. And that will be no surprise at all to the government who will have known all along the this would happen.
Meanwhile the government is sitting back thinking "awesome, now all the environmentalists/anti-capitalists think we're on their side, votes secure, and mining companies aren't hating us either *cue evil laughter* bwah ha ha"
And I'm sorry but the government gets a **** load of taxes from the mining sector it's called income tax.
I do agree that if the work is there than the jobs should not be axed but I do not agree with continuing to employ people in empty roles.
A lot of people in 'mining states' like WA & QLD are also against the mining tax as there is a sense of 'us supporting the rest of the country', yet those in other states don't have to put up with any of the draw backs of mining (house prices, rent, general cost of living, transport, labour shortages...the list goes on). We also WANT mining companies to be successful and make lots of money so they can keep employing tens of thousands of people!
I have read somewhere that historically conservative governments have proven less effective at managing the economy.
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