Mining tax repeal stuck in Senate doldrums

Clive Palmer continues to thwart Federal Government plans to scrap the mining tax, saying his senators will vote down the repeal if changes are not made.

Yesterday the government used its numbers in the lower house to push through amended legislation for the repeal.

However, Palmer tweeted yesterday that the bill would fail to pass the Senate without the low-income superannuation contribution, income support bonus and schoolkids support bonus.

Labor have raised concerns that the new repeal bill has included a limitation on increases in employers compulsory superannuation contributions until 2034.

Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen accused the government of trying to remove parliament's ability to decide the rate of the superannuation compulsory guarantee, and giving all authority to the treasurer to determine any changes.

The Coalition government will not be able to repeal the Minerals Resources Rent Tax without support from the Palmer United Party and the other crossbenchers. 

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