For years miners in Australia have been getting away with not paying a fair share of tax for Crown-owned minerals. It's about time they did.
We hold this sentiment:
"There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You dug a mine out there - good for you.
But I want to be clear.
You moved your goods to market on the roads and ports the rest of us paid for.
You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate.
You were safe in your factory or mine because of police forces, fire forces and military forces that the rest of us paid for.
You didn't have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your mine or have a country would invade.
You dug a mine and it turned into something terrific.
You mined Crown-owned minerals; you need to pay a fair price for the national collective’s inheritance that you are profiteering off.
Now you keep a Big Hunk of it.
But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along."
We, the undersigned, call on the treasurer to tax miners of Crown owned minerals a greater share of their profits for the sake of our public services, notably education, health care, pensions and the construction of public infrastructure.
The Miners should pay a fair share petition to Wayne Swan, Treasurer of Australia was written by Luke Mansillo and is in the category Politics at GoPetition.