Miners spent $21 million to stop mining tax

As the federal election approached last year, with the resources industry at war with the government due to the proposed super-profits tax, it poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into Coalition coffers and outlaid over $12 million of its own cash to defeat the tax.

Clive Palmer’s company, Mineralogy, alone donated $1 million to the Coalition nationally, according to the
Australian Electoral Commission’s political spending figures for 2009-10.

The Queensland Liberal National Party raised $8.3 million with the help of the resource industry’s contributions, $2.1 million more than the $6.2 million raised by the federal Labor Party.

The WA division of the party received $5.4million.

In their own campaign against the Rudd government’s proposed tax , the Minerals Council spent $17 million, BHP Billiton over $4.2 million and $537 000 from Rio Tinto.

Palmer said yesterday that to ensure families, company donations to the political spectrum were necessary.

"Labor gets so much money from unions, and unless we have some form of counterbalancing of donations we just don’t have a fair race," Palmer said.
He said plans by Queensland Premier Anna Bligh to cap corporate donations were "rigging the ballot box".
"Labor will just keep getting funding from unions and all those on the other side of the debate will miss out," he said. "It’s time for Aussies to ask themselves what sort of country they want."

Image: Clive Palmer with Queensland Premier Anna Bligh (brisbaentimes.com.au)

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