Fortescue chief says mining tax is evil

THE founder and chairman of Fortescue Metals says his company's High Court challenge to the Federal Government's mining tax is a case of good versus evil.

Andrew Forrest has told Radio National that taxes that discriminate against individual states are unconstitutional, and he is confident his legal team will prove that in the High Court.

"Our enthusiasm to run this case is because we believe it's fundamentally unconstitutional - it interferes in the rights of states," Mr Forrest said.

"I really can't add anything further but to say it should be challenged, and all it takes for evil to conquer is for good people to do nothing, and we've decided to not be one of the ones to do nothing."

Mr Forrest also warned that Australia should not become complacent about its relationship with China, particularly in the supply of key resources such as iron ore.

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