GetUp targets Palmer and Rinehart

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Lobby group GetUp has targeted mining magnates Gina Rinehart and Clive Palmer in a campaign against the mining industry and "billionaire welfare".

According to AAP GetUp national director Simon Sheikh said it was unfair the mining industry received subsidies and taxpayer assistance when other sectors needed it more.

"It is time to end billionaire welfare," he said.

"There is something a little unseemly about billionaires putting their hands out for multi-billion dollar bonuses from taxpayers."

GetUp said it estimated the mining tax would earn $10.6 billion over the next three years but the "hugely profitable" mining industry would get $8.5 billion back in subsidies over the same period.

The anti-mining advertisement speaks directly to Treasurer Wayne Swan and follows his harsh criticism of the industry earlier this year.

In the advertisement an aged care worker and teacher call on funding to be directed to their sectors rather than be spent on subsidising the mining industry.

"Nurses, aged-care workers and teachers like Janice, Michelle, Inge and Clare are sick of their tax dollars going to prop up billionaire mining magnates and are asking Swan to put our money where his mouth is," says the ad’s promotional material.

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