Queensland Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek
Bligh Challenged To Release Economic Modelling Of Rudd Labor ‘Super Mining Tax’
Victor P Taffa
Queensland Premier Anna Bligh has been challenged to release State Treasury economic modelling of the impact of the Rudd Labor ‘super mining tax’ on Queensland with the LNP warning the new mega tax would cost jobs and whittle away the superannuation funds of Queenslanders.
Opposition and LNP Leader John-Paul Langbroek, said the super tax-grab would ‘snuff out Queensland’s mining boom’ and Queenslanders had a right to see all the economic modelling, including any to be provided to Cabinet.
“There are 39,900 mining jobs at risk here. The response from Queenslanders should be to put Rudd’s and Bligh’s job at risk if the tax isn’t dropped.” Mr. Langbroek said.
Mr. Langbroek said the new mining tax, coupled with Labor’s plans to introduce death duties and more land taxes, was all about paying off the economic incompetence of not just Bligh and Labor but also New South Wales Labor.
“Queenslanders are heartily sick and tired of Labor Governments claiming that everything is fully costed and then finding out nothing was costed and that all the cash reserves are spent. We saw the economic lies told by Ms Bligh that have led to Labor’s fire-sale of our assets and now we see the lies from Rudd and Labor.”
Mr. Langbroek said on Saturday night Queenslanders went to bed knowing there were 125 Australian taxes; but awoke with 126 taxes.
“Bligh and Rudd once said jobs were in Labor’s DNA. Now the truth is out. Taxes are in Labor’s DNA. And jobs will be lost.” Mr. Langbroek said.
“Anna Bligh needs to release all the economic modelling from her own Treasury officials on the full impact of Labor’s new tax on mining jobs. This modelling is not the private property of Labor, it belongs to Queenslanders.” Mr. Langbroek said.
“She needs to publically release this well before the Federal election so that Queenslanders can judge for themselves what the impact will be. This is a real test for Anna Bligh to show where her loyalties lie …will she stand up for Queensland or will she side with Kevin Rudd in taxing the jobs and the life out of regional Queensland.” Mr. Langbroek said.
Mr. Langbroek said tens of thousands of jobs were at risk across the regions. “And not just regional jobs … jobs everywhere in service and heavy engineering and transport will be lost.”
Mr. Langbroek said every Australian with superannuation should be very concerned following the dramatic plunge in mining and resource stocks.
“I feel very sorry for anyone looking to retire and access superannuation savings in the foreseeable future …Kevin Rudd and Wayne Swan and their socialist ideologues have already wiped $9 Billion from mining stock values and consequently wiped value from the superannuation accounts of millions of Australian workers.”
“This has nothing to do with tax reform …this is all about a greedy socialist grab for cash by a Federal government whose spending is out of control.” Mr. Langbroek said.
Queenslanders Employed In Mining Industry By Region
Queenslanders employed in Mining Industry by Region
Workers in mining
13% of all persons in region
8 .2% of all persons in region
22.8% of all persons in region
Wide Bay/ Burnett
Total mining jobs across Queensland
As at February 2010.
Source: OESR, Queensland Employment Projections by Industry and Statistical Division; 2009-10 to 2010-11; Table 6.1