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West Australian Labor leader Eric Ripper tore into the mining tax over the weekend at the ALP conference, telling delegates moves to widen the legislation would "poison WA Labor for three elections".
In a move led in part by Senator Doug Cameron, Left sections of the ALP moved an amendment at the conference asking for a review of the MRRT after one year, with a view of "extending" it to all sections of mining.
Cameron took aim at mining magnates Gina Rinehart, Andrew Forrest, and Clive Palmer, who he labelled "Armani anarchists" and accused them of leading a "Rolls-Royce rally" against the legislation.
"We’re arguing that we should look at this in 12 months’ time and make sure we’re getting what we should from these billionaires," he said.
But the Right managed to vote down the tax’s amendment, led by a fiery Ripper who claimed WA voters took the MRRT personally.
"A lot of WA Labor voters actually work in the mining industry and they’re inclined to regard mining taxes as taxes on them," he said.
Ripper told the conference cashed-up WA already subsidised the rest of the federation to the tune of $13 billion per annum.
"If you don’t think that rankles with Western Australians you don’t have an understanding of the circumstances in which we exist," he told the jeering crowd.
"We oppose the extension of the mining resources rent tax to other resources and you will kill Federal Labor and WA Labor if you support this amendment."