Union urges government to listen to average Australians over tax debate

11:15, June 14, 2010      

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A coalition of national organizations of Australia, representing social services, workers, environmental and consumer interests, on Monday has called for the voices of ordinary Australians to be heard in the mining tax debate.

The group said controversies over the proposed resources super profits tax (RSPT) was being dominated by taxpayer-funded government advertising, and that of powerful vested mining interests.

But the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) and Consumers' Federation of Australia on Monday urged the government not to baulk at necessary reforms to make the tax system fairer.

Without the tax, it would be left to ordinary wage earners to make the shortfall in government revenue, the groups said in a statement.

ACTU secretary Jeff Lawrence said the big miners had hijacked the tax debate.
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