Mining tax set to become law


Australia's lower house of Parliament has passed the controversial "super tax" on the country's miners.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard's fragile minority government gained support of the Greens, allowing the Minerals Resource Rent Tax Bill to pass in the House of Representatives by just two votes.

The 30% tax on profits from mining companies like Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton needs to be approved by the upper senate early next year but is expected to pass.

The BBC's Duncan Kennedy told Sharanjit Leyl how the mining companies have responded.

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