Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Australia, the world’s biggest exporter of iron ore and coal, isn’t considering extending the scope of its new mining tax to cover other commodities, said Resources and Energy Minister Martin Ferguson.
“We clearly entered into agreement with the mining industry last election, we remain committed to that agreement,” Ferguson said in an interview with Bloomberg Television in Perth.
Australia plans to introduce the 30 percent tax on profit from coal and iron ore operations at producers including BHP Billiton Ltd. and Rio Tinto Group. The government is facing a dispute with the resources industry over the latest draft, the Australian Financial Review reported yesterday.
“Don’t believe everything you see in the media,” Ferguson said. “We have basically an agreement with the mining industry and that’s basically been nailed down.”
The tax, forecast to raise A$7.7 billion ($8.1 billion) in its first two years from July 2012, will be used to lower the corporate tax rate to 29 percent from 30 percent, encourage retirement savings and pay for roads and railways, the government has said.
--Editors: Keith Gosman, Baldave Singh
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