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Miners ramp-up tax rhetoric
Miners ramp-up tax rhetoric

The mining industry has attacked the Federal Government's mining and carbon taxes in a new advertising campaign.

The Minerals Council of Australia launched national newspaper advertisements today saying it has paid its fair share of tax and is not a bottomless pit for continual tax increases.

The resumption of the Keep Mining Strong campaign breaks the truce negotiated with miners by Prime Minister Julia Gillard in mid-2010 after she ousted Kevin Rudd.

Council chief executive Mitch Hooke says the ads aim to counter the "emerging politics of envy and redistribution of wealth".

"We're making our position very clear that without a stable tax system, you continue to undermine the industry's confidence to invest and grow for the long-term," he told ABC Radio.

There was an underlying concern within the industry that costs were increasing and productivity was declining.

"Yet still, there is the presumption that we are going to be getting even more taxes."

The advertisements say Australian mining is paying 500 per cent more in taxes and royalties than 10 years ago and will soon have to pay the new mining and carbon taxes and an extra 6.2c a litre for diesel under the carbon tax package.

The advertisements appeared as state premiers prepared to meet the prime minister at the Council of Australian Governments meeting in Canberra on Friday, and as Treasurer Wayne Swan eyes new revenue measures in the May 8 budget aimed at the mining sector.

The West Australian

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