NSW considering joining high court fight over mining tax

The NSW government is seeking legal advice to possibly join a challenge against the federal government's mining tax.

West Australian Premier, Colin Barnett, has announced his state would support a High Court challenge against the minerals resource rent tax (MRRT) if a challenge was mounted by Fortescue Metals Group.

The group's chairman Andrew Forrest is considering mounting a challenge, on the grounds that the tax is unconstitutional.

Barnett has also said he would welcome support from Queensland if the Liberal National Party is elected on Saturday, but that it had not been discussed with party leader Campbell Newman.

And now Western Australia may also have NSW on board.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell confirmed on Saturday that the government was looking into the legal issues surrounding the mining tax.

"We are looking at the legal situation in relation to the federal government's mining tax," he told reporters in Sydney.

"Clearly the mining tax concerns many people, just as the carbon tax does, and it seems to be more about politics than public interest."

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