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Thursday, 1 March 2018
Page: 2509

Taxation


Ms COLLINS (Franklin) (15:00): My question is to the Prime Minister. Can the Prime Minister confirm that Tasmanians will be among the hardest hit by the government's increases to income tax, with 80 per cent of Tasmanian taxpayers having to pay more tax every year? Why is this Prime Minister slugging over 80 per cent of Tasmanian taxpayers with more income tax every year, while giving a $65 billion handout to big business?


Mr TURNBULL (WentworthPrime Minister) (15:00): This question has a certain similarity to the one I just answered. I remind the honourable member that Tasmanians, like all Australians, want the NDIS to be fully funded. The honourable member has to go back to her Tasmanian constituents and tell them why she is not supporting the funding of the NDIS. She should go and see some of her constituents who are struggling with disabilities and explain to them why she will not fund the NDIS. She has to explain that.

Opposition members interjecting

Mr TURNBULL: I hear from the opposition benches that it's funded. Well, it's not. Regrettably, the Labor Party failed disabled Australians right around the country, and the honourable member should hang her head in shame when she goes to see disabled constituents of hers, because she has let them down. They will look her in the eye and say, 'Why don't you support the government in making the money available to ensure they have the dignity and support they deserve?' The Labor Party is dripping with compassion when it suits them, but when it comes to the crunch they have failed disabled Australians. It's about time they did the right thing.