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DR DAVID KEM P, M .P. FED E R A L M E M B E R TOR COI OSTEIN S H A D O W MINIS ) ε κ FO R EDUCATION

MEDIA RELEASE 29TH JULY 1992

NEW GOVERNMENT TAX ON SCHOOLS

Schooling will become more expensive to provide under new Sales Tax rules being proposed by the government, the Federal Opposition claimed today.

"By contrast, the Opposition's tax reforms would reduce the cost of schooling," Dr. David Kemp, the Shadow Minister for Education said.

Dr. Kemp said that the Government's new Sales Tax Assessment Bill would impose sales tax on items donated by businesses to schools, and on materials used to repair equipment such as computers and copiers.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne has already indicated that it believes that businesses will not be as generous with their donations or may want to charge to cover the costs of sales tax. Again, repairers will have to pay sales tax and this will be passed on in their charge to the school.

"The Coalition will completely abolish the Sales Tax," Dr. Kemp said, "and under the lower and simpler tax regime which a Hewson government would introduce, schools would be GST-free."

■"Unlike the situation with the Government's sales tax, schools would be completely rebated for any GST on goods and services purchased by the school. No GST is applicable to donated goods."

"The Treasury has calculated that education fees would actually fall under the l-lewson plan. This fall would reflect a saving of some $295 million on the costs of providing education in Australia as a result of the Coalition's tax reforms," Dr. Kemp said.

"In addition, of course, the Hewson plan includes greatly increased and fully funded support for education and training and for families.

"Labor has consistently discriminated against non-government schools. A Hewson government will end that discrimination," Dr. Kemp said,

"The Keating government is desperate for revenue to pay for its huge unfunded spending. Now schools are to bo the next victims."

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