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Treasurer Mike Nahan has sent a clear message on the future of the tax. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Nahan puts job on line against royalty hike

State Treasurer Mike Nahan has put his neck on the line to stop the Nationals WA's proposed mining tax, saying he will resign from the portfolio if a post-election Liberal government does a deal to lift royalties.

Dr Nahan told a Committee for Economic Development of Australia event today he was trying to send a message to business and the community that the Liberals wouldn’t back a tax hike, and that the party was united on that.

“If we do (win) government, and we do get a coalition with the Nationals, and that party puts together a Brendon Grylls mining tax, I will resign from the treasury,” Dr Nahan said.

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