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Thursday, 25 March 1999
Page: 4421

Mr McMULLAN —My question is to the Minister representing the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources. Does the minister stand by the Prime Minister's claim that the only GST losers will be tax cheats? Has he seen the new report by independent expert Professor Peter Dixon that shows a scenario under which the GST will cost the entertainment industry 29,000 jobs, transport and communications 21,000 jobs, wholesale and retail 17,000 jobs, the Public Service 14,000 jobs, and so on—120,000 jobs lost in total? Can the minister guarantee that all of these people will not be losers?

Ms Hoare interjecting

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The member for Charlton.

Mr MOORE (Defence) —The quality of the general secretaryship of the Labor Party has gone down since Bob Hogg. Bob Hogg understood what the answer was—you pass the GST.