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Mining Tax: Olympic Dam Gets Off Scot-Free

With copper, uranium, gold and silver not covered by the Mineral Resources Rent Tax, profits from biggest hole in the ground ever dug on the face of this planet, the Olympic Dam mine, will be excluded the Greens said.

Greens Senator for South Australia, Senator Penny Wright, told the Senate last night, that while the tax was a first step towards more efficient taxation of the benefits of the mining boom, not a single cent derived from the Minerals Resources Rent Tax (MRRT) would come from the Olympic Dam mine.

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Statement by all South Australian Greens MPs on the Murray Darling Basin Plan

The Greens share the concerns of all South Australians who are deeply worried that the Murray Darling Basin Authority's forthcoming draft Basin plan will not guarantee enough water flows to ensure a healthy working river.

Any decisions about the future of the Murray must be led by the best available, peer-reviewed science. Scientific experts have long argued the draft Basin Plan must deliver a minimum 4,000 gigalitres to ensure the river’s survival.

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