As I predicted yesterday morning before Gillard’s announcement, certain industry groups are suddenly realising that they might have cocked up their response to the Rudd government’s RSPT package.
If a government proposes to give you something you want, and a third party runs a vastly expensive advertising and political campaign to kill it, and you don’t say a word in favour of it for almost two months while the government is being beaten to death for trying to help you, then you can’t expect them to be sympathetic when they conclude it mustn’t have been that important to you (my additions in bold):
”The decision not to proceed with the company tax cut to 28 per cent is deeply disappointing, while the retention of the proposed superannuation guarantee increase leaves business with a very big bill,” the Australian Industry Group chief executive, Heather Ridout, who hadn’t said a word in favour of it while it was being attacked, said.
Retailers were also unhappy. ”Due to tax concessions to the mining sector, the Gillard government has penalised all companies and small businesses that were due to benefit from the promised company tax cut,” said the Australian Retailers Association director, Russell Zimmerman, who hadn’t said a word in favour of it while it was being attacked.
Same goes for the small miners who the RSPT package was supposed to help, who let the big 3 miners speak for them and are now complaining that they’ve been ignored:
Meanwhile, West Australian company Atlas Iron says small miners have been sidelined in the negotiations on the tax so far… [managing director David Flanagan who hadn’t said a word in favour of it while it was being attacked] says big miners cannot speak on behalf of smaller companies.
You were happy for them to do so last week, David.
I’d been asking for some time why the Australian business lobby was letting the mining companies kill their tax cut – was it not important to them? They’re pretending it is now, but their actions over the last two months say the complete opposite.
Sorry, guys – Labor tried to extend an olive branch to you and, in a display of utter bastardry, you let them hang for it. Enjoy the consequences, you short-sighted idiots.
UPDATE: Spock isn’t impressed by the creeps worming their way out of the woodwork, either.
UPDATE #2: Spock attempts to get his own tax negotiations underway.