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The Minerals Council of Australia welcomes the ongoing commitment of the Federa Government to continuing the development of market based mechanisms for secure, sustainable and efficient water access as outlined in today?s National Water Initiative 2011 Assessment.

The Economic Reform Imperative - 2011 Biennial Tax Conference: Speech

On behalf of the Minerals Council of Australia, may I acknowledge the traditional owners, the Noongar people, and extend the respect of the MCA and my own, to the elders and their ancestors. Chair of the MCA?s Tax Committee, Ms Ann-Maree Wolff, Mr Don Argus, Chair of the Australian Advisory Board of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Chair of the Government?s Minerals Resource Rent Tax Policy Transition Group, other distinguished guests and colleagues.

The Economic Reform Imperative - 2011 Biennial Tax Conference: Presentation

Three decades of economic reforms…  floated the exchange rate; deregulated the financial and labour markets; removed tariffs and subsidies and opened our borders to free-er trade and investment; introduced domestic competition policy and privatised state-owned enterprises; established national fiscal discipline; delivered major taxation reforms; and established the independence of the Reserve Bank in setting monetary policy.


Speech by Mr Don Argus AC to the Minerals Council of Australia?s biennial tax conference - In October 2009 I delivered a paper to the Melbourne Mining Club titled ?Being lucky is not enough?. In that speech I talked about how Australia could remain competitive in uncertain times and how we could foster strong sustainable growth into the future for the benefit of all Australians.

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