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Tax grab cover-up scandal.



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MEDIA RELEASE

6 September 2006

Joel Fitzgibbon MP

Nicola Roxon MP Shadow Assistant Treasurer

Shadow Attorney-General Shadow Minister for Revenue Shadow Minister for Small Business and Competition

TAX GRAB COVER-UP SCANDAL

Following the High Court’s decision to reject The Australian’s claim to receive certain Treasury documents, Labor today sought to obtain the documents through a House of Representatives motion.

Yet again the Howard Government used its numbers to avoid exposure of the Treasurer’s tax grab and grant rort cover-up.

The Howard Government has consistently narrowed and restricted the public’s access to information and sought to hide its incompetence behind a veil of secrecy. It has used conclusive certificates, gagged parliamentary debate and repeatedly used its numbers to refuse to provide information to the Parliament.

Today’s Opposition motion provided Peter Costello with yet another opportunity to release the information sought by The Australian newspaper under Freedom of Information.

The information sought related to the impact of bracket creep and the use of First Home Owners Scheme. In the lead-up to the last election, the information sought would have added to the Government’s high-tax reputation. It would have shown that the proceeds of bracket creep were greater than the value of the Government’s tax cuts.

The information being covered up would also have shown that the First Home Owner’s Scheme has been disproportionately benefiting high income earners.

How can the release of bracket creep and tax-cut costings possibly be contrary to the public interest? What have the Government got to hide?

Contact: Brendan Long (Fitzgibbon) 0408 421 447 Allison Henry (Roxon) 0417 108 362

Costello has ‘whited out’ all the useful information on bracket creep

From the McKinnon FOI as produced to the Senate in 2004.