Today's poll: Do you support ditching the mining tax?

RIO Tinto, one of the world's most powerful mining firms, has poured more than $6 billion into the coffers of Australia's state and federal governments.

But not a single cent was thanks to the former government's super profits tax.

Rio's strong presence in Australia through aluminium refineries, smelters and power stations in Gladstone plus its Hail Creek and Kestrel coal mines in the Bowen Basin comes through strongly in the figures.

Out of a possible $8.3 billion in taxes paid worldwide, Australia scored 76% of it, or $6.9 billion.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has long vowed to get rid of the mining tax, saying it is the quickest way to support investment and jobs.

"By cutting tax and regulation, we will boost productivity," he said.

Should the mining tax be abolished?

This poll ended on 16 April 2014.

Current Results

Yes. It doesn't work the way it was meant to

65%

No. Mining companies make billions and should pay their share

34%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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