Macklin to calm indigenous fears over mining tax

Patricia Karvelas; 11/5/10

Jenny Macklin will meet indigenous leaders to reassure them that the new mining tax will not hurt their communities in deals they strike with mining bosses. Indigenous leaders have attacked the new mining super-profits tax, saying it will hurt people in remote regions and that mining companies will be less willing to reach agreements that benefit remote communities. The head of the Kimberley Land Council, Wayne Bergmann, and former Labor Party president Warren Mundine have said the tax could harm Aborigines who benefit from infrastructure deals with mining companies as part of native title agreements. And Marcia Langton, professor of Australian indigenous studies at the University of Melbourne, agreed that the super-profits tax could harm Aboriginal communities.