Yesterday Bill Shorten was given his chance on five occasions to state clearly his position on the Mining Tax.
Instead, on five occasions, Bill Shorten avoided giving a direct answer.
Is this the best Labor can do?
After six months in Opposition, and just weeks before the WA Senate election, Labor is still opposing the abolition of the Carbon and Mining taxes.
Abolishing the Carbon and Mining taxes are critical to building a stronger economy, creating new jobs and easing cost of living pressures on families and small businesses.
It's time Bill Shorten and Labor finally accepted the decision of the people at the last election and supported the immediate repeal of these job destroying taxes.
Click here to watch Bill Shorten duck the hard questions:
Click here to read the full transcript of Bill Shorten’s remarks
Please donate to the Liberal Party's campaign to abolish the Carbon and Mining taxes - click here
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