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Key independent Tony Windsor says it is likely he will throw his support behind the mining tax when it is voted on next week.
Windsor told ABC Radio this morning he had met with Julia Gillard over the issue and the meeting had gone well.
“I’d say it’s more likely to have my support than not,” he said.
“We’re working through some of that detail and I’m hopeful we will come to a conclusion.”
However Windsor said his previous demands that a portion of the tax’s takings be used to fund coal seam gas assessments still applied.
He said the CSG issue was his “line in the sand” over supporting the tax.
The Government needs the support of four crossbenchers to pass the MRRT through the House of Representatives.
While negotiations with Windsor and Rob Oakeshott have progressed, Treasurer Wayne Swan has not yet guaranteed the law will pass.
Swan said he was confident the Government could win the votes but he didn’t “assume it as being a done thing”.
Before leaving for the East Asia summit in Denpasar today Gillard is set to meet with Tasmanian independent Andrew Wilkie.
Wilkie has taken on arguments by junior miners that the tax will unfairly favour large companies.
Yesterday Fortescue Metals Group chairman Andrew Forrest said he would announce before Christmas whether he intended to launch legal action against the Government over the tax.
The Greens have also lobbed a last minute wildcard in the debate, suggesting uranium should be part of the package.