THE West Australian National party last night launched a targeted advertising campaign against the government's mining tax, funded by Queensland billionaire Clive Palmer.
Ironically, the media offensive will hurt most sitting Liberal members in the federal seats of O'Connor and Durack – Wilson Tuckey and Barry Haase – where the advertisements will screen from as early as this weekend, and not Labor candidates who are believed to be trailing in the triangular contest, The Australian Financial Review reports.
The Nationals candidate for O'Connor, Tony Crook, said yesterday that the television advertisements would highlight the potential for the government's minerals resource rent tax (MRRT) to hit the party's winning Royalties for Regions policy.
The policy – the brainchild of state Nationals' leader Brendon Grylls – allocates up to 25 per cent of WA's royalties in the bush, and was credited as handing the party the balance of power at the 2008 state election.
Mr Crook, a former sheep farmer and long-term chairman of the state's Royal Flying Doctor Service said the ads would also focus on WA's falling share of national GST revenue and the inaction of WA's federal political representatives to do anything about it.