CHANGES made to the Federal Parliament’s Register of Members’ Interests reveal the member for New England Tony Windsor has sold his property Cintra to Werris Creek Coal Pty Limited and then leased the property back.
The federal MP, who has conducted a long-running and highly vocal campaign against coal mining on the Liverpool Plains, sold the family farm for more than $4.6 million – to one of Australia’s largest coal companies.
Well this is surprising considering that Tony Windsor introduced a private member’s bill to radically cut Australia’s carbon emissions before the Garnaut report was even released. The Member for New England proposed Australia’s carbon emissions be cut by at least 30 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020 – and by 80 per cent by 2050. (From the Australian). This is pretty hypocritical isn’t it, especially after selling your home to a coal mine, also from someone that was supposed to be totally against mining. Hmm this doesn’t add up at all.
What else is happening with Mines?
Mining Tax Returns to Haunt Labor.
Julia Gillard’s new minority Labor Government has been accused of trying to “slide away” from a deal to hold a comprehensive tax summit, as questions emerge about the role the mining tax will play in funding $10 billion worth of sweeteners for rural Australia.
Labor clung to power yesterday by just one seat after securing the backing of key independents Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott.
Under its deal with Mr Windsor, Labor has agreed to hold a tax summit by 2011 to discuss all the options put forward by the Henry Tax Review.
But Treasurer Wayne Swan has ruled out bowing to Mr Windsor’s demands that the resources rent tax be part of the review.
And Mr Swan has also confirmed that $6 billion of the $10 billion regional assistance package which helped to secure the independents’ backing will come from the mining tax.
Well this is not looking good, already Labor is backpedaling over a deal, how long will it take before another deal falls over? Seems Tony Windsor is not happy at all and wants to have a little chat with Mr. Swan. Best of luck with that Tony. Oh and don’t forget when the Greens come into power in the Senate in July next year, we’ll have to go through this mining tax all over again.