LETTER: No incentive for Clive Palmer's govt bail out
SHOULD, or should not Clive Palmer have received State Government support to have kept his Townsville nickel refinery in operation.
The motor vehicle industry, among others, was bailed out in the past.
But then it wasn't only the workers. The government received considerable benefits then.
Workers wages tax, the sales tax on the cars, the regos, stamp duties and GST etc and all of the income tax that would be paid as the cars moved from the assembly lines through delivery to dealers, dealers, salespersons etc, the Federal Government was picking up dollars all of the way.
But with nickel prices at rock bottom there is little financial incentive for the State Government to buy into Townsville nickel.
And to top it off Clive may have stood a chance if he had fulfilled his obligations to his workers and not, when things were going bad, diverted so much to his political campaign fund.
Is Clive the ideal politician? I guess the next election will tell us that the majority think no. Only time will tell.
RAY HARCH, Toowoomba