Today's introduction of the Minerals Resource Rent Tax (MRRT) legislation to parliament is an important step in the Gillard Government's plan to lock in the benefits of the mining boom and deliver a fairer return from the nation's mineral wealth.
This is an historic reform that will broaden and strengthen the entire economy, and ensure all Australians share in the benefits of the boom.
The MRRT will deliver:
Australians know how important the mining industry is, but they also know that we can only dig up and sell the resources once.
The MRRT will help those parts of our economy that aren't in the mining boom fast lane.
Tony Abbott and the Coalition oppose this economic reform and insist that the benefits of the mining boom should not be shared by all Australians.
Mining is a great Australian industry that is continuing to power ahead in full knowledge of the MRRT -; mining companies generated massive profits of $92.8 billion in the year to June and have plans to invest $430 billion to further grow their industry.
The MRRT is central to the Government's plan to spread the benefits of the mining boom to more Australians and lock in the gains for generations to come.
2 November 2011