Jan 21, 2013

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: what, politicians playing politics? Outrageous

What a terrible thing. Labor parliamentary secretary Mark Dreyfus reckons some of his peers in Papua New Guinea are playing politics.

Richard Farmer

Crikey political commentator

Labor’s upward creep continues. The moves might be small but the Crikey Election Indicator continues to show an upwards movement in Labor’s chances.

Continuous disclosure. I have trouble grasping the argument that not disclosing quarterly revenue from the mining tax, or the lack of it, somehow would breach privacy provisions for mining companies. Surely the obligation on companies to report material events via the stock exchange means that a tax paid when profits are extra high would be disclosed by them. Methinks the government is just being too clever by half in trying to avoid letting on that this is a new tax that so far has raised nothing.

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