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Thursday, 5 December 2013
Page: 1807


Mr HOCKEY (North SydneyThe Treasurer) (15:14): Madam Speaker, I seek the indulgence of the chair to add to an answer.

The SPEAKER: The minister may proceed.

Mr HOCKEY: I was asked by the member for Capricornia about the plan to fix the budget and the economy that the government took to the election. It included fixing the taxation system that we inherited from the Labor Party, which included two significant issues. One was the GST as it applies to low-value parcels and low-value imports. I note that the Leader of the Opposition commissioned not one but two reports into the GST applying to low-value imports. The member for Lilley actually commissioned Treasury to do some work, which was then passed to the state—

Mr Burke: Madam Speaker, I rise on a point of order. The Treasurer is actually seeking to add to an answer that was asked of the Prime Minister, not of him. He is not being directly relevant to the one that was asked of him that he is claiming to add to.

The SPEAKER: The Treasurer will continue his answer, which is adding to an answer. He will remain in the context of that addition.

Mr HOCKEY: Of course. The second issue, as we went to the election to try and clean up the taxation system we inherited, is that it was the Labor Party who were advised—in fact, it was the former member for Lindsay, David Bradbury, as Assistant Treasurer—of a proposal to change the GST treatment of moveable home estates. It was the former Assistant Treasurer, who is now running a tattoo parlour in Emu Plains!