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Liberal - Labor coalition urged in wine tax fight



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LIBERAL - LABOR C O A L I T I ON URGED IN WINE TAX FIGHT

South Austra l i a' s L a b o r Senators have been u r g e d to_ join

with their Liberal counterparts and fight to d efeat any

introduction of a tax on wine.

Senator Tony M e s s n e r (Lib SA) m ad e this call following

statements by the P r e mi er that the Federal G o v e r n m e n t had

considered a wine tax in its d e l ib e ra t io n s for the M ay

m i n i - B u d g e t .

"South A u s t r a l ia ' s five Labor S en ators s ho u ld firstly

come clean and p u b l i c l y declare w h er e they stand on the

issue of a wine tax."

"If Senators Elstob, F o r e m a n , B o l k u s , M a g u i r e and C r o w l e y

were to cross the floor in the Senate on this issue the

O pposition w o u ld have the numbers to r eject such a tax."

S e na to r - M e s s n e r said that the State's ALP S en at or s had

appeared to have gone soft on the issue.

"South A u s t r al i a' s Liberal p a rl i a m e n t a r i a n s have v i g o r o u s l y

been opposing an·^ introduction of a w i ne tax for m an y

y e a r s ."

"I w o ul d hope that our Labor c ou n te r pa r ts w o u l d join w i t h

us in this exercise and stand up in the C au c us and argue

against any tax."

Senator 'Messner said that the o nl y L abor S e n a t or to have

made any comment on the wine tax issue was S e n a t or B o l k u s .

" H o w e v e r , he has not stated w h e t h er he s up po rt s the

m e a s u r e . R a t he r he seems to be trying to s often up the

South A u s t r a l i a n electorate for its i nt ro du c ti on . "

Senator M e s sn e r reaffirmed his c om m it m en t to o pp os e the

introduction of any tax on w i n e .