So the government is at war with the miners over taxes. Haven’t we seen it all before? Back in 1854 the miners of the day revolted against the government imposed tax (the Miner’s Licence). The government hit back with force and over 30 people died. And the government backed down. (See here).
Today, the miners have revolted through the media and the government has hit back. See here and here for example. Sinclair Davidson has his view here. Physical death has been replaced by character assassination. But the irony is that the political left (some of whom still use the symbol of the Eureka flag) now support the tax.
We may not see Gina, Clive and Andrew manning the barricades or the army sent into the Pilbara. And we may or may not see the government back down. But if history is anything to go by, the debate over the mining tax is not just going to fade away!