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"Tim and the vegies" - Tim is the one in the hat



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"ΊΊΜ AND THE VEGIES" - TIM IS THE ONE IN THE HAT

The Leader of the National Party is up to his gumboots in organic fertiliser.

Tim Fischer has alerted Australia's pensioners that they may extricate themselves from the Opposition's callous Goods and Services Tax, by becoming peasant farmers.

He told a Perth radio audience:

"If they (pensioners) choose to go out to a video shop and hire ten videos and only watch five of them, or go out to a restaurant, or go to buy some new whitegoods or whatever, it's their decision and therefore they will pay GST on that.

If they choose not to do that, if they choose to go out and grow vegetables in their home vegetable garden, again that is their choice and they will be free of GST onto their kitchen table."

Dr Hewson says that people who rent their homes don't mow their lawns.

Under Fightback, they clearly won't have to. They will have to dig up their lawns and plant vegies.

Growing vegies in your own garden is not as GST free as Tim Fischer would have us believe.

You would still have to pay 15 per cent GST on:

• gumboots • garden gloves • seeds and seedlings water rates bill

sun hat fertiliser and manure.

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The Leader of the National Party has promised us more information on the impact of the Coalition's GST in this area. ("We will be expanding on that information.")

Watch out for the complete pensioner's gardening guide, 1ΊΜ AND THE VEGIES, with Tim Fischer on the cover.

Tim will be the one in the hat.

15 September 1992