The Nationals WA proposal to ensure the State’s largest iron ore exporters Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton pay their fair share is gaining support, according to a ReachTEL poll published by The West Australian earlier this week.
Nationals Member for the South West Region, Colin Holt MLC said the poll, which surveyed more than 1,700 voters, outlined firm support for the policy.
“Support is growing for our plan to return the State Budget to surplus and strengthen WA’s economic development by ensuring the big resource companies pay their fair share,” Mr Holt said.
“More than 45 per cent of voters agree with our proposal, which will increase the 25c per tonne Special Lease Rental charge set in the 1960s to $5 per tonne.”
The ReachTEL poll shows 45.4 per cent of voters support the proposal, 31.5 per cent are opposed, and 23.1 per cent are undecided.
Mr Holt said the ReachTEL polling reflected what they were hearing on the ground.
“We are receiving extremely positive feedback from everyday West Australians,” he said.
“Families, small businesses and pensioners feel like they are already paying their fair share, and it’s time for the big mining companies to do the same.”
The polling also shows The Nationals plan has support among voters of all political persuasions, including Labor voters.
“More than 48 per cent of Labor voters support our proposal, yet Labor leader Mark McGowan continues to rule it out,” Mr Holt said.
“Despite the fact the 25c per tonne Special Lease Rental hasn’t been increased or reviewed for 50 years, and despite the fact that BHP and Rio Tinto can afford the increase – Labor seems to believe the status quo is fair and should remain unchanged.”
“I look forward to hearing which fees and charges WA Labor intends to increase, and which regional programs will be cut under Labor’s plan for the State’s future,” Mr Holt said.
The ReachTEL poll also shows strong support from males (52.1 per cent); and young voters aged 18 to 34 (50.9 per cent).
Mr Holt said The Nationals WA were the only Party with a plan to return the budget to surplus, create new jobs and ensure that resource companies pay their fair share.
“The Nationals WA will increase the 25c per tonne Special Lease Rental to $5 per tonne to reflect the modern economy we all live and work in,” Mr Holt said.
“We believe our plan is fair and will allow us to return the budget to surplus and continue to deliver the infrastructure, services and job creation our State needs.
“By creating a new revenue source for the State, we will be able to consider new policies, including reducing payroll tax, delivering more affordable domestic gas and energy, and creating new jobs by building important infrastructure through asset recycling.”
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