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"Fightback" - setting the record straight Beazley wrong on plagiarism



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Peter Reith

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DEPUTY LEADER of the OPPOSITION PRESS RELEASE SHADOW TREASURER

Bulletin No 19

"FIGHTBACK· - SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

BEAZLEY WRONG ON PLAGIARISM

Nice try, Kim, but you weren't quite right.

The Minister for Transport and Communications, Mr Kim Beazley, accused the Coalition of plagiarising New Zealand government documents in the preparation of the GST Technical Manual (Supplementary Paper No 5 of the "Fightback" documents).

Unfortunately, Mr Beazley failed to read page 1 of the GST Technical Manual which, in accordance with normal practice, sourced the various contributions to the Technical Manual.

For ease of reference, I refer to paragraph 2 on page 1 of the Technical Manual which says:

"It relies heavily on previously published documents and studies of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and upon documents supplied to the Liberal and National Parties by the Governments of Canada and New Zealand."

28 November 1991 Canberra

Contact: David Turnbull (06) 2774277 D150/91

CO;, i WON WEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MICAH

SUPPLEMENTARY PAPER NO 5 OPERATION OF GOODS AND SERVICES TAX

TECHNICAL MANUAL

The 15% GST will be introduced on 1 October 1994. This Technical Manual outlines how the GST will operate.

It relies heavily on previously published documents and studies of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and upon documents supplied to the Liberal and National Parties by the Governments of Canada and New Zealand.

GST systems operate successfully in nearly all OECD countries including Japan and Germany. There is no question th at Australia can also successfully implement a world class tax system.

In the run up to the next election we will move towards finalisation of the administrative and technical details of the new system and in this regard we will consult widely with the business community to ensure th at the system is kept as simple as is reasonable.

The close involvement of the business community and their professional advises at this stage of the planning will ensure the most practical and simple systenfis put in place. These professionals are intimately aware of the needs fpr implementation of the Goods and Services Tax.

We have therefore decided to establish a full-time Goods and Services Tax Planning and Co-ordination Office.

The distinguished Australian Sir William Cole will be Chairman, supported by a small Board of Management.

We have accepted the offer of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia to assist in organising the establishment of the Goods and Services Tax Planning and Co-ordination Office. The Board will act independently to consult with the Australian business community on all administrative features of the Goods and

Services Tax consistent with the announced policy.

The Board and its seconded professional advisers will receive submissions and comment upon the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax, make recommendations to the Coalition on all aspects of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax and prepare a draft of the necessary legislation.

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