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S.A. labor representatives and the wine tax



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P R E S S R E L E A S E

THE SENATE

Office of Senator Messner Shadow Minister for Social Security

S.A . LABOR REPRESENTATIVES AND THE WINE TAX

South Australians should not be fooled by S .A . Labor parliamentarians' publicity stunt which suggested that they were opposed to the now excise on wine, it has been

claimed.

Senator Tony Messner1 (Lib SA) said that their feigned concern about the wine industry and the South Australian economy did not match their actions before ana after the budget.

"Before the Budget, these very same people were asked to come out publicly against a wine tax curing the growing speculation that such a measure would ue introduced - they refused co do so." ■

"une who. did speak, simply attempted to soften up the community into believing, such a measure was inevitable. ■

"Yet now, they are trying to convine South Australians tnat they oppose the measure because oi its detrimental effects upon the wine industry."

"where was tneir opposition wnen it was realiy needed."

"If they were sincere they woula have spoken out, publicly or in Caucus, before the Buaget. At that time they refused my suggestion tnat the niberai ana Lanor state parliamentarians get together and make a joint appi-oach to the Treasurer opposing suen an impost."

Senator Messner said tnat until now, the state's ALP MPs hau gone along with tne new tax.

"Even on the night after tne.Budget,wanesA Labor Senator prevented me. from finishing a'speech drawing the Uovernmenr's attention to tne disastrous impact the new measure would nave on the wine industry and the State's economy."

"In the other House, the Member for Kingston emerged from his obscurity just long enough to declare that the Government had honoured its commitment not to impose a tax on wine and reject suggestions that it 'had not honoured its obligations to the wine industry'!"

Senator Messner said that the Labor MPs had obviously decided to lay low and wait until public reaction to the new impost could be measured.

"Its indicative of their lack of touch with the South Australians community that it has taken them four weeks to guage the impact of the excise."

"I.t was obvious from the beginning that this discriminatory measure would badly effect the State's wine industry. The Government should scrap the measure or, at the very least , alter the payment arrangements which will force the

winemakers to carry the cost of the excise for all the years that the wine is maturing." ,