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MEDIA STATEMENT BY PETER SHACK SHADOW MINISTER FOR EMPLOYMENT & INDUSTRIAL RELATIONS , 20th March, 1985

EMPLOYMENT CONSEQUENCES OF TAX REFORM

"The Government should spell out the employment consequences of the various tax scenarios it presents at the Tax Summit," Peter Shack, Shadow Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations, said today.

Mr. Shack called on the Treasurer and the Minister for Employment and Industrial Relations to provide employment impact statements in their white paper on possible alternative tax packages. , .

"The public must be fully informed of the wider , impact of changes to the taxation system if debate is to be full and fruitful."

Mr. Shack said that consideration of the employment consequences of changes to the tax system should be central to the tax revision process. Public policy decisions should not be taken in isolation from their

social as well as economic consequences.

"The Government should also make clear how changes to the tax system will be coped with by the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission. .

"Without forward planning on the Government's part, . the Commission could find itself having to deal with the industrial consequences of tax reform. It should be the responsibility of the Government, rather than

the Commission, to sort out such matters."

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