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P A R L I A M E N T O F A U S T R A L I A

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23 February, 1983

LIBERALS CHARGED WITH SECRET SALES TAX PLAN

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If 1 reelected Malcolm Fraser will impose sales taxes over

a wide range of goods and services never previously taxed, Mr. Johnson MHR for Hughes, said this week.

"While sales tax collections have risen by 73% or $1500 million over the last two years new draconian measures were planned which would erode the living standards of average income families".

Mr. Johnson said taxes would be extended to include meals

at restaurants, haircuts, car repairs and even bread and milk.

Mr. Johnson said the Treasurer had admitted last August that he would like to reduce income tax revenue from 56% to 40% of Government collections.

This would mean massive increases in sales tax collections which would fall equally on high and low income earners and greatly increase inflation.

Mr. Johnson pointed out that the 17^% sales tax imposed on pet food in 1981 had cost 5,000 jobs in the pet food industry.

More recent proposals to tax building materials, tools and

furnishings would add an untolerable burden to the cost of building and maintaining a home.

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LIBERALS CHARGED WITH SECRET SALES TAX PLAN (Contd.)

Calling on Malcolm Fraser to come clean with his plans for new sales tax imposts Mr. Johnson said it should not be forgotten that the Prime Minister had asked the Governor General for an early election on the grounds that the

Senate had delayed passing 9 Sales Tax Bills.

He predicted that all of these Bills would be reintroduced if the Government was reelected and additional taxes would be imposed to offset an expected budget deficit of

$600 million next financial year.