Senate debates

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Questions without Notice

Goods and Services Tax

2:29 pm

Photo of Simon BirminghamSimon Birmingham (SA, Liberal Party, Minister for Education and Training) Share this | Hansard source

I've just given a very categorical answer with regard to the fact that GST reform by this coalition government is here to stay—under this coalition government, under any future coalition governments—and the only threat that exists is under a future Labor government. It is the Labor Party who squibbed it when it came to GST reform. Mr Shorten thought a little bucket of money for some infrastructure projects would be enough to buy off Western Australia, whereas instead Mr Turnbull, Mr Morrison, Senator Cormann and every single WA Liberal senator and House of Representatives member worked hard, worked together to ensure that we came up with a fair solution, an enduring solution, that will ensure that Western Australia gets its fair share of the GST whilst ensuring that every other state continues to enjoy funding growth from the GST pool to be able to invest into their essential services as well.


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