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The mining industry a ‘special case’?

Richard Denniss writes in Policy Online (16.7.14):  ‘Mining lobbyists talk up the revenue they provide to governments, but there’s little discussion of government expenditure on the mining industry at all.  A recent report by The Australia Institute (TAI), based on state and territory budget papers, shows that State governments spent nearly $18 billion of taxpayers’ money on the minerals and fossil fuel industries in the last six years.  The Queensland Government, for example, spent $3.5 billion on rail projects for its coal industry …’

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