Indigenous business leaders in Pilbara split on mining tax

Indigenous business leaders in Western Australia's Pilbara region have taken different sides on the Federal Government's planned 40% tax on mining profits which are above the rate at which the Government borrows money.

The National Indigenous Times reports that Barry Taylor, head of indigenous earthmoving and civil engineering company Ngarda Civil and Mining, says potential job cuts will be felt by those, quote, "at the bottom of the food chain – that's contractors and black fellas. In most cases, we are both, particularly in the Pilbara".

Meanwhile the ABC reports the Pilbara Aboriginal Contractors Association support the tax, with Chairman Ralph Keller of the company Portacrete saying the tax would not make a difference to Aboriginal communities, but calling for five percent of the revenue from the tax to be directed to services for Aboriginal people.

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  1. Tracey

    interesting stuff.

    i’d like to hear more if/ when you know.

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