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Rudd Government denies debate on taxing the family home.

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Scott Morrison MP Shadow Minister for Housing and Local Government

The Rudd Government is so sensitive to claims that they will introduce a tax on the family home that they shut down debate on this issue in Parliament this afternoon, Federal Minister for Housing and Local Government, Scott Morrison said today.

Mr Morrison proposed today that the impact on families of the Government introducing a tax on the family home be debated in the Parliament as a matter of public importance.

“After continued denials by the Treasurer to rule out such a plan during question time, the Leader of Government Business in the House, Anthony Albanese, also known amongst Coalition MPs as the Minister for Gutters and Sewers, shut down debate,” Mr Morrison said.

“Australia has one of the highest rates of home ownership in the world. In Australia your home is your castle,” he said.

“When it comes to Labor and taxes they are the first to want to storm the fort and tax the family home.

“Labor refuses to deny their intentions, despite bringing in ten tax increases since they came to Government and ruling out increases in the GST and changes to superannuation taxes.

“Australians have every right to be concerned about what Labor will do with taxation on housing. They have always been the ones to consider new taxes on housing and to argue for withdrawal of important incentives such as negative gearing.

“In the Labor States they have used property taxes to slug home owners, including taxes on the family home for years.

“Labor wants to tax housing to pay for their reckless spending, that will also place upward pressure on interest rates.

“Their unwillingness to debate this issue in Parliament was cowardly and betrays their true intention to slug home owners more for their own reckless spending,” Mr Morrison said.