Tax reforms lost in saga of expediency, is a piece in Fairfax, by economics editor Ross Gittins, that talks puts the Rudd-coup in economic terms, in order words, how the big miners brought down a Prime Minister. And if they could do it once, they’re probably planning to do it again.
Here is an extract from that piece:
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one of the first of Rudd’s silly ideas, the Twenty-20 summit. Bring a bunch of bright people together with a pile of butcher’s paper and who knows what good ideas they could come up with?
The business people attending came up with the world’s most predictable idea: what this country needs is more tax reform. What they really meant was that taxes should be changed so they paid less. When it comes to contributing to the public debate, our business people are nothing if not chancers.
… someone had a bright idea. Among Henry’s hundred-plus proposals was one for some new-fangled tax on the miners’ economic rents.
But caught off guard by a new tax no one understood (and which would raise twice as much as the government imagined), the miners – led by BHP Billiton’s Marius Kloppers – opted to campaign for the government’s defeat. They ran TV ads assuring the mug punters the mining tax would cost ’em their jobs.
Rudd’s losing fight with the miners …cost him his job. Gillard decided to buy off the big three miners – BHP, Rio and Xstrata – at any price… The deal she did replaced an incomprehensible mining tax with a dog’s breakfast designed on the run by the big miners. It came at the expense of their pipsqueak contemporaries – including T. Forrest, G. Rinehart and C. Palmer – and big business generally, which had its cut in the company tax rate halved.
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