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Tax credits again Mr Abbott?



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LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION

STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION THE HON SIMON CREAN MP

Tax Credits Again Mr Abbott?

Today’s Sydney Morning Herald report marks the fourth time in three different newspapers Tony Abbott has now been able to float his welfare reform plans without ever once delivering a result.

Only the day has been changed to protect the innocent - Mr Abbott's usual Thursday brainwave this time striking on a Friday. Otherwise, it's just more of the same big talk and no action.

Tax Plan To Cut Dole Queue Thursday 14 June 2001, The Australian

Incomes Policy, According To Abbott Thursday 7 March 2002, The Age

Tax Push To Shift Jobless Off Welfare Thursday 23 May 2002, The Australian Radical Welfare-To-Work Overhaul Friday 14 June 2002, Sydney Morning Herald

Greater incentive to get people off welfare and into work is good policy.

That’s why Labor proposed tax credits at the 1998 election and it’s why, since becoming Leader of the Opposition, I have again advocated tax credits to provide a real tax cut for working families and get people off welfare.

Unfortunately, Mr Abbott only sees tax credits as a way of differentiating himself from Peter Costello in their squabble over who should replace John Howard.

He should stop using welfare recipients merely as a source of publicity for his own political career, and either put up or shut up on his welfare reform plans.

MELBOURNE 14 JUNE 2002