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Mining tax abolition deal: PUP helps Tony Abbott justify brutal budget

Greens Leader Christine Milne says the Palmer United Party has done a mean and tricky deal with the Abbott government to turn down revenue and give a big win to mining magnates around Australia.

"Instead of getting a fair share from the big end of town that can afford to pay, coal mining billionaire Clive Palmer has done a tricky deal and put the pressure back on workers and families," said Senator Milne.

"Champagne corks will be popping in mining company boardrooms while Australian workers will face less money for their retirement.

"This is not just about the spending measures associated with the tax. Today Clive Palmer is facilitating Tony Abbott's brutal budget by taking away one of the best opportunities we have to raise revenue from those who can afford to pay.

"We could be raising billions more in revenue from mining companies, but instead the Palmer United Party has joined with Tony Abbott to abolish the mining tax altogether.

"Clive Palmer can no longer pretend to be an amusing sideshow who has an interest in helping families or working Australians. He has used the federal parliament to help abolish the tax which was about getting Australians a fair share from our mineral wealth."


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