House debates

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Questions without Notice

Economy

2:30 pm

Photo of Scott MorrisonScott Morrison (Cook, Liberal Party, Treasurer) Share this | Hansard source

We all remember that it was Mr Keating himself who was the proponent of option C for a consumption tax all those years ago and we do know that he opposed the changes to the tax system that were introduced by the Howard-Costello government, and I remember that those opposite never changed a jot of them—they never changed a jot of the changes to the tax system that were introduced by the Howard-Costello government over all the years they had to do that. Now the former Prime Minister and former Treasurer has made some very good points today. He says that higher taxing for higher spending is no way to support jobs and growth and to support growth in this economy. He also says that a higher rate of GST should not be used to fuel higher spending. This government has no such plans for that. This government has no plans for higher taxes for higher spending.

Mr Champion interjecting

Ms Plibersek interjecting

Comments

Tibor Majlath
Posted on 5 Feb 2016 2:50 pm (Report this comment)

The hypocrisy of both sides is self-evident. Labor had the power to change the LNP's "never ever" GST to make it fairer if it wanted to by lowering or even eliminating the GST on essential services such as electricity, gas and transport.

But it did nothing other than impose the carbon tax on an essential service - electricity.