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New Australian PM to resolve mining tax debate

06-24-2010 13:56 BJT

SYDNEY, June 24 (Xinhua) -- New Prime Minister Julia Gillard will improve Federal Labor's prospects in Western Australia, according to the state's opposition leader Eric Ripper on Thursday.

Her elevation could also lead to a resolution of the debate over the government's resource super profits tax, Ripper told reporters in Perth on Thursday.

Ripper said he welcomed Gillard's "generous commitment" to wholehearted negotiations with the mining industry on the new tax and her cancellation of the government's advertising campaign for the tax.

"I agree there's a case for the end of the advertising war, I hope the mining industry takes up her invitation to end that war and enter into wholehearted negotiations to get this tax right," Ripper said, adding "there's a case for the mining industry to pay their fair share."

Ripper has lobbied the federal government in recent weeks for the mining tax threshold to be raised from six percent.

"I think if the advertising war stops and there are genuine commitments to negotiations across the board, a result can be achieved here," Ripper said.

Griffith University senior lecturer in politics Dr Elizabeth van Acker said Gillard would be a tough leader and should call the federal election as soon as possible.

"She should call an election straight away while the excitement, euphoria and the honeymoon period are still strong and before the opposition hammer her about difficult policy issues like the mining tax, the ETS (Emissions Trading Scheme), the education building scheme and home insulation," Ripper added.


Editor:Zhang Pengfei |Source: Xinhua

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