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Australian new PM urges quick solution to mining tax

06-25-2010 17:10 BJT

CANBERRA, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Negotiations on Australian federal government's planned resources super profits tax (RSPT) need to be resolved as "quickly as possible", new Prime Minister Julia Gillard said on Friday.

Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard attend the Labor Party conference at Darling Harbour in Sydney in thisJuly 30, 2009. Gillard became Australia's first female prime minister on June 24, 2010 after Rudd stepped down before a leadership ballot.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)
Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard attend the 
Labor Party conference at Darling Harbour in Sydney in thisJuly 30, 2009. Gillard became 
Australia's first female prime minister on June 24, 2010 after Rudd stepped down before 
a leadership ballot.(Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

She said the government needed to "harness the goodwill" that has been generated by the mining industry and "build on it."

"I indicated it strongly yesterday, I'm indicating it strongly today," Gillard told reporters.

As one of her first acts as prime minister, Gillard has scrapped a 38 million dollars (33.26 million U.S. dollars) advertising campaign, which is designed promote the tax as a sign of good faith.

Both the government and the mining industry have said they will stop their opposing advertising on the RSPT issue.

Gillard said the government will work through a "negotiating strategy" and report back to the nation on the results when she is in a position to do so.

"When you are negotiating there's more than you in the room, and so the attitude of others is important to this," Gillard said.

"My view is that this task needs to be undertaken as quickly as possible. We need to work through with goodwill, and we will."

Gillard on Thursday said in her first statement that reaching an agreement on the RSPT is one of her first priorities after being elevated to the top job and she has reiterated that the government will not abandon the RSPT.

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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