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Coalition forges government to look at taxes on road transport



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DAVID H a w k e r : Federal Member for Wannon Shadow Minister for Land Transport

M e d i a r e l e a s e

Coalition Forces Governm ent to look at Taxes o n Road Transport

The Federal Coalition has succeeded in forcing the Government to look at all input taxes and charges currently imposed on the road transport industry in a wider inquiry into the National Road Transport Commission (NRTC) Bill.

The Coalition was instrumental in forcing the Government have the controversial Bill referred to a Senate Committee inquiry for a thorough investigation. .

The Coalition was very concerned that the NRTC be a credible and trusted force in Australian land transport policy. For this reason we proposed to widen the terms of reference of the NRTC to give it the power to review the existing level of taxation on road transport and to investigate the efficiency of road construction and maintenance. This was in addition to achieving uniformity in road transport in this country.

We wanted a Senate Committee inquiry into the Bill so that any ensuring legislation recommended by the NRTC (involving increased charges among other things) could be done properly in the first place.

Unfortunately the Democrats did not support us. We were able, however, to amend the Committee reference so that the high level of taxes paid by the road transport industry be investigated in a review of the impacts of "full cost recovery".

It is widely known that the Coalition will be reducing government imposts on the road transport industry. We are abolishing 7 taxes, including fuel excise and sales tax, which will save the industry billions of dollars each year. Heavy, interstate vehicle operators could save over $40,000 in taxes per year under the Coalition package.

We want to reduce costs, not increase them - that is what real microeconomic reform should be about.

ends 23 December 1991

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