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Senior union leader slams Labor's job destroying FBT policy

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Sophie Mirabella MP Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry and Science

Thursday 22 August 2013

Senior union leader slams Labor’s job destroying FBT policy

A senior union leader and member of the ACTU Executive, Steve Purvinas, has today publicly criticised Labor’s disastrous attack on the Australian car industry through its changes to Fringe Benefits Tax arrangements.

Mr Purvinas, Secretary of the Australian Licensed Aircraft Engineers Association, used Twitter this afternoon to highlight the fact that hundreds of workers at Ford’s Victorian operations are today being stood down as a result of the dramatic slump in new car orders caused by Labor’s FBT changes.

Mr Purvinas tweeted:

“Good shooting @AlboMP. Ford workers now being stood down because of your FBT changes. And I thought it would only affect BMW drivers.”

The comments by Mr Purvinas will re-affirm the worst fears of the tens of thousands of Australians whose jobs and cost of living are threatened by Labor’s disastrous policy.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries has estimated that this policy could adversely affect over 500,000 Australians who drive cars under the current FBT arrangements and that it is likely to trigger a 20 per cent fall in car manufacturing in Australia

When a senior member of the ACTU Executive blows the whistle on this policy, Kevin Rudd can no longer ignore the issue.

Mr Rudd should immediately abandon this ill-considered change before it does any further damage.

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