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Gillard 'embarrassed' with mining tax revenue: Greens
22/01/2013 - Australian Greens leader Christine Milne says Prime Minister Julia Gillard isn't sticking to a promise of monthly updates on the mining tax because she's embarrassed it hasn't collected any revenue.
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The minor party leader says Gillard "hasn't been as transparent as she promised she would be" in a letter promising monthly revenue updates, written to then-Green leader Bob Brown when the tax legislation was before parliament.
"I think what we've got here is an embarrassment by both the prime minister and the treasurer because all that they promised with the mineral resources rent tax hasn't come to pass," Senator Milne told ABC radio on Monday.
Last week the government said it reveals combined mineral and petroleum resource rent tax receipts in its monthly financial statements.
But it said Australian Tax Office advice was that being more specific about the MRRT would breach privacy provisions.
"I think it's a convenient excuse in the context of an embarrassment whereby the MRRT has raised no money," Senator Milne said on Monday.
"The government can get round any problem like that if it chooses to do so."
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Paddy | 22/01/2013 10:33 1
Ha Ha Ha Ha, sounds just like the Gillard team. We dont need to know any more than whats said because it is just what we expect now. Anybody who thinks the present government is transparent needs their head examined. Good on ya Ju-lair you are truley living up to your name. Bring on the election and let's get this country back on its wheels.
alf | 22/01/2013 10:56 2
If you are asked a question and don`t want to lie you pass the buck to some one or something else, Here we have Punch and Judy or as they are better know as The Lame Duck and Juliar covering yet an other stuff-up. If you are to run a large company and Australia is a bloody large company you do not appoint monkeys, but in our case we have paid top wages to a large bunch of them that`s only interested in their own future not the nation. 150 policy changes and 100 new programs AND NOT ONE WORKED. We are becoming the laughing stock of free world and the not so free. And unfortunately there are some out there that cant or wont see what is happening so let get more vocal and make people see whats happening before they get back in again this year. Another 4 year of this lot will kill this country of our`s and I would like it to remain ours.
Rob | 22/01/2013 12:03 3
Pull your heads in Paddy & Alf. You must be both multi millionaires who agree with Gina Reinhart, that National, and Multinational miners, should not pay any tax on thier profits. Well boys you had better reach into your own pockets a bit deeper because, (Libs or Labor) someone has to pay.
Paddy | 22/01/2013 12:24 4
Good on ya "Robber". No I'm not a wealthy occupant of Australia. I'm a hard working business owner. All I'm saying is that why dosen't Julair tell us the truth on how much money they have raised from the MRRT? You sound like someone that is on the dole. Of course someone has got to pay beit libs or labour. Did you expect anything else when Slay-Bour has consumed all the cash we had, and whats more it was all consumed in about 2 years, and then slammed us into a debt that I dont think anybody will ever get us out of. This pack of idots could not organise a booze up in a brewery mate.
Jim | 22/01/2013 12:34 5
Mining Co's already pay quite hefty taxes, but the mining industry is avoiding this new tax by reducing their taxable income: eg: spending more on infrastructure, etc, so the tax man gets zip. They are playing the game too, and it hasn't gone julia's way. Anyone trying to operate a business in Australia at the moment is doing so with their hands tied. The only reason this country is still operating albeit very slowly, is because this government inherited an economy in good shape, but all the good is almost gone. Here here Paddy - bring on the elections. Can't wait!
dave d | 22/01/2013 13:19 6
Rob, I suggest you pull your head in and read the article- this is not a issue nor are the responses from Paddy or Alf about whether Mining companies should pay taxes. This is a issue about disclosure of what is happening re. collection or payment of the taxes .It's idiots like you who jump in feet first that keep idiots like Ju-Liar and the lame duck in power -wake up to yourself and learn to read !!
Ken Goldsmith | 22/01/2013 13:27 7
Rob, not every un-or-under employed person in this country thinks it is wise to overtax the few successful people we still have here. It is mostly the welfare dependent, bone lazy bludgers who. It is not the multi millionaires or the Libs. who are letting the big miners off the MRRT, it is your mates, Juliar and the Goose. Almost everyone else, including the Greens, want to know what is going on. The MRRT was supposed to be the mainspring in the achievement of a budget surplus, but no MRRT has been paid to date. And no surplus will ever be achieved by an Aus. Labor Govt. Also, Juliar promised transparency, and as usual, has not delivered.
Alf | 22/01/2013 14:05 8
No Rob I am not a millionaire just a working man like most other Australians and yes there is nothing wrong with the rich paying a bit more, my objection and criticism is with the likes of you who cant see the forest for the trees, had these idiots done their homework and worded their tax policy correctly this would never have happened in the first place, As for the Labor party ever telling the truth the next rain we get will be milk. Man it will never happen. thing in the paper this morning about a man who want to clone a Neanderthal, I ask myself why when we have a party full of them here already.
Rob | 22/01/2013 17:50 9
Ah, the anonymity of the internet. Yes, I suppose I could be on the dole, but if you are thinking that, because I have put forward the view that everyone pays their fair tax share, then, you are wrong. No, I too am hard working and the owner of a successful business that pays tax, as do our employees. Yes, sure I wish I paid less, but I don't have the funds to spend on a legal team that would guarantee that I paid less (or none) Paddy and Alf. You have said that you are not “Wealthy” but hardworking. Do you mean then that wealthy people don’t work hard? I know a few of those “wealthy” people and I can assure you they are all hard working. Jim. “Mining Co's already pay quite hefty taxes” Yeah right Jim. You’ve obviously been reading to many “Look what good Aussie we are” mining adverts. I think you have it mixed up with employees that work for them. And as for ‘inheriting an economy in good shape.’ Don’t you remember the GFC that happened around the same time that the inheritance happened. Such was the world economy that the previous 10yrs of government could have been led by the proverbial “Drovers Dog” Dave D. I won’t call you an idiot because I don’t know you. I have read the article though and yes I too believe that all MRRT receipts/updates should be placed on the table for scrutiny. Problem for the government is; a) Too many receipts and that will attract the wrath of the miners (not advisable in an election year) or b) Too few receipts and that will have all saying, What a crap tax, the miners have been let off and the rest of us will have to pay their share. (Also not advisable in an election year) Ken G. Ken, I agree with you that not all under employed people in this country think it wise to overtax the wealthy. (There must be a few out there) I don’t think anyone should be overtaxed. As you have said the MRRT was supposed to help achieve a budget surplus. If it had been enacted in it’s original form, it may have achieved this. Any future government who tries to get more tax from the likes of any, well connected, financially backed, well organized industry, will certainly have to have a whole lot more backbone than any of the political parties that will be lining up for the next election. And Alf again. Why would you object and criticize me? The forest is made up of many different trees and, as in a democracy, the majority will prevail. So Paddy, What was that about a booze up.
Goldie | 22/01/2013 20:00 10
Nobody expects Juliar to adhere to promises or certainly tell the truth as the trail of the broken ones is long and illustrious. Rob, as a business man would you let Juliar and Boring Swanny negotiate a deal on your behalf with their track record? Federal Labor are useless across the political spectrum and the most untrustworthy government this country has ever seen and quite frankly we cannot afford them anymore.
Paddy | 23/01/2013 07:16 11
Rob I do remember the GFC. Did you know that the previous Government saw it coming. Did you know that Costello had done a lot of homework on the rising and falling of world economies that is why they had money stack up so as Australia wouldnt suffer the effects of a GFC. But when Slay-bour got in the Goose knew nothing nor did Ruddy, they knew nothing of what was around the corner because like all Slay-bour parties they just know how to spend not how to be conservative. Anyway..............this is not exactly about all that it is about the lack of tranparency with the current PM - JULIAR, YES I MEAN JULIAR and her party including Goose, Alber-Sleaze, Rocks-On, Tom Thumb, Kiss, Creditcard, The Ruddy KId just to name a few.
Ken Goldsmith | 23/01/2013 08:25 12
Robber, no one on this thread was advocating the miners or the wealthy should not pay a fair share of tax, but the MRRT laws were written by the big three miners, for their own benefit, thanks to the super negotiator JuLiar, and in any case, the royalties for mining, accordiong to the constitution, belong to the states. Our Federal system is not working, and one of the reasons is that the Fed. Govt. has, over the years, knobbled the States access to direct taxation, whilst simultaneously "cost shifting" to the States. The MRRT should be dumped, and the States should extract a fair royalty from mining. NSW Labor gave CSG miners a five year tax holiday, and the MRRT does not cover CSG, so JuLiar's MRRT is not the first or only example of Labor ineptitude.
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