With the miners launching the mother-of-all fear campaigns and the opposition leader fanning the hysteria, it’s hardly surprising that the average person understands as much about the resources super profits tax as they do about quantum physics.
Most of us are reliant on private business and media interests to present the information about this substantial reform: business and media organizations that are not elected, are not publicly accountable, and aren’t under any obligation to make sure information is balanced and accurate.
I for one am quite happy for the government to spend $3.27 of my taxes—that’s the total cost per taxpayer—to provide a public information campaign that will provide facts, without spin, about its proposed tax. Indeed, at less than the cost of a hamburger, it’s money well spent if it helps provide a clearer understanding of such an important long term reform.
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