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Monday, 7 November 2011
Page: 8278


Senator WONG (South AustraliaMinister for Finance and Deregulation) (11:14): Unlike those opposite, we recognise reform is not a popularity and beauty contest. So I am not going to come in here—

Senator Birmingham: I asked who—

Senator WONG: Senator, this is a package. There are elements of it that are very similar to the CPRS and there are elements that are very different. I have talked at some length about the tax package. It is as a result of the Henry review having reported. This is a very good and much better assistance package because it combines a tax reform element with the assistance, which is of more benefit to participation than the previous assistance. So, there are parts that are different and parts that are similar. The policy proposition is the one I have outlined on quite a number of occasions. It is a very cogent proposition that we have put forward. I am not sure how much further I can assist the senator with it. I have outlined on a number of occasions now the policy rationale behind this.