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Friday, 28 November 1986
Page: 3989

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled:

We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned at the impact of the new Fringe Benefits Tax on the following grounds:

1. Its severe and damaging effect on business confidence, investment and incentive, especially in the rural, mining and small business sectors.

2. Its capacity to seriously worsen unemployment through the additional costs it imposes.

3. Its extremely negative impact on the competitiveness of export industries at a time when the nation desperately needs to improve its trading performance.

4. In that it may compel many honest and decent citizens to defy the Tax in order to preserve their livelihoods, their businesses and the jobs of their employees, thus causing hardship, the breakdown of respect for the law and discord within the community.

5. We also feel it is morally wrong for one person to be forced to pay the taxes for another.

We therefore most earnestly petition you to repeal the Fringe Benefits Tax legislation forthwith.

And your petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

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