The Australian Greens’ deputy leader, Senator Christine Milne, has suggested using funding from the Government’s mining tax to fund public infrastructure projects like the National Broadband Network.
Milne made the comments in an interview with ABC News Breakfast. According to the deputy leader, the NBN is a major step towards having a “low carbon economy” and the mining tax is a good way to pay for it.
“Instead of spending this money on infrastructure for the mining industry, the mining industry should pay for its own infrastructure,” she said. “Money that is raised from that tax should be rolled out in infrastructure that builds that future.”
Apart from the NBN, Milne nominated smart energy grid technology, renewable energy systems and high-speed rail networks as big-ticket items to spend mining tax dollars on.
But a spokesperson for the Senator was keen to note that the Greens supported the NBN, even if there was no revenue from a mining tax.