Slick Big Mining ad campaign: if you want to tax vastly profitable multinational mining corporations to fund public services, then YOU HATE REFUGEES –
Cynical, shameless pricks.
I wonder how much better off the refugees would be if the $ from that advertising campaign was funneled into assisting them…
Gee, I had no idea that mining companies wanted to help people in that way. Let’s call the mining tax of shall we fellas. That man’s parents didn’t perish in Cambodia so that we could levy taxes on mining companies. One of us, one of us.
Yes, people aren’t really fleeing from repressive regimes, torture and war…… it’s tax that has them risking their lives to find a safer place to live, so it would just be re-traumatising them to subject them to a great big tax here.
Prof Garnut made an interesting comment on Late Night Live last night when asked about potential job losses in the mining industry due to the carbon tax and he said that taking the heat out of the mining industry would be a good thing because it would lower the dollar and increase jobs in manufacturing. So any potential employment loss would be soaked up in manufacturing. It’s not as though the coal or iron ore not dug up is going anywhere.
The other aspect of these adds is that they speak of the present and not of the future. The low tax regime means that the wealth from mining does not flow through to future generations. That’s why the adds are all warm and fuzzy and short on detail. Tradies may get nice utes and a sprinkling of shareholders may get some joy looking at share graphs, but the benefits of australia digging up stuff and shipping it overseas provides neglible benefit to future generations and to the country. The benefits go mostly off shore. Norwegians aren’t as stupid as us. We’re more like an African state.
There are about 11.5 million people working in Australia.
About 150 000 of them work in the mining sector.
If half of the miners lost their jobs, Australia wouldn’t notice a thing.
The added bonus would be that we might be able to find a plumber, electrician or mechanic without having to beg.
Ah Marek, but if only you and a dozen of your closest friends and family lost your jobs all at once. You could invite everyone over – including their families and children, of course – and explain why their jobs didn’t matter anyway, that Australia won’t notice, that no one cares, and how it was all for The Greater Good. Perhaps you could hold a “we all have to sell our homes and our kids are learning to love home brand instant noodles” party. You could have a Tony Abbott pinata with a packet or two of Black and Gold minties inside it; fun for the entire family.
What you are actually talking about here is wiping out the income base of entire communities. You don’t appear to be aware of the flow on effect to local businesses that would occur when a third of the local population is laid off, left to move away in search of work elsewhere. Population centers where mining is the principle primary employer will simply implode – 75,000 mining jobs is not the end, it is just the beginning. But I guess your average civil servant wont notice a thing; they rarely do, busy as they are with playing solitaire while generating little more than complaints about being overworked and underpaid.
But hey, at least you’d have more competition in basic services. Though what use a true lefty has for an electrician or a mechanic – who both deal almost exclusively in Things With Which The Right Will Destroy The Entire World – is a question better left unasked.
Saw this add on at the movies. what a smooth evil add from the miners. but i guess no one wants to pay tax. Wonder how much the add cost its so smart?
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