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Monday, 23 February 1987
Page: 422

Senator MESSNER —My question is addressed to the Minister representing the Treasurer. I refer to the earlier comments of Senator Button in response to a question from Senator Short regarding the indication of a May economic statement. Can the Minister confirm that the tax cuts promised to apply from 1 July 1987 will actually occur?

Senator WALSH —The tax rate scale to apply from 1 July 1987 is enacted.

Senator MESSNER —I have a supplementary question. The Minister failed to answer the question. I would like a specific answer to the point that if there is to be an economic statement-and it looks as though there is-he can confirm that the tax cuts will not be revoked.

Senator WALSH —I have nothing to add to what I said before other than to say that we now have one hypothetical question piled on top of another.