Boom becomes election fodder

THE strength of the mining boom has become a political football between the two major parties in the final days before the federal election, with the ALP calling for investment in other industries in Western Australia and the Liberal Government claiming a Labor victory this Saturday would spell doom for the mining industry.

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The battle over the boom kicked off on Sunday when Kevin Rudd suggested WA could export financial services to places like South America, a notion Prime Minister John Howard called "bizarre"

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