Senate debates

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Questions without Notice


2:15 pm

Photo of Mathias CormannMathias Cormann (WA, Liberal Party, Shadow Assistant Treasurer) Share this | Hansard source

Mr President, I ask a supplementary question. Given the clear warnings from the mining industry about the increasing costs of doing business in Australia, warnings of slower growth in China and a worldwide slide in commodity prices—

Senator Wong interjecting—

why is Labor still pressing ahead with the world's biggest carbon tax and a mining tax which, on top of everything else, has provided a direct federal government incentive to state governments around Australia to increase their royalties on iron ore or coal?


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