Where Howard slips up.. we are a community tax affects us all
In 1980 when Howard was Treasurer, the Fraser Government tried to tax mining workers on the benefit they received from subsidised housing in remote Central Queensland. A form of Fringe Benefits Tax (FBT) on housing paid by the workers themselves.
As a recent article on the Miners Union (CFMEU-mining division) website points out:
The Fraser Government had first tried to introduce the housing tax in 1978 and again in 1979 but through strike action were successfully rebuked both times. However, Howard thought that the time was right for another attack on workers rights and in 1980 the battle was on again.
The response from the miners was to go out on strike, this is why John Howard hates unions —
When Howard moved to impose his housing tax on 30 June, miners at Gregory and Moura mines went out on strike. Others at Moranbah and Dysart followed.
Around 4,000 mining…
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