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Tuesday, 11 April 2000
Page: 15667

Mr CREAN (2:43 PM) —My question is to the Prime Minister. Given that your GST top-up will apply to families claiming to be worse off after the impact of the GST, will these families have to keep all of their shopping dockets, invoices, credit payment records, et cetera, so that their GST loss can be assessed?

Mr HOWARD (Prime Minister) —I have indicated that, closer to the introduction, the minister will be making an announcement about the details of how this operates.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The Deputy Leader of the Opposition! The Prime Minister has the call.

Mr HOWARD —The minister will be making a further statement about how this will operate, but I would remind the House—

Mr McMullan —You haven't got a view.

Mr SPEAKER —Order! The Manager of Opposition Business. The Prime Minister has the call and is entitled to the courtesy of being heard.

Mr HOWARD —The families to which the Deputy Leader of the Opposition has referred will be significantly better off as a result of the changes that we have proposed. The Deputy Leader of the Opposition, the Leader of the Opposition, the member for Jagajaga and the Manager of Opposition Business seem to believe that if you provide a mechanism whereby people who believe that they may for a period of time be disadvantaged by something have a right to put their case—

Mr SPEAKER —The member for Melbourne is warned.

Mr HOWARD —that, in some way, represents an admission that people will not be better off, which is an absolutely absurd proposition. People will be infinitely better off to the tune of $12 billion in personal tax cuts; 80 per cent of people will be on a top marginal rate of no more than 30 cents in the dollar; and there will be $2½ billion of family benefits. I think overall, as I said in the House yesterday, that when the new arrangements come into operation the Australian public will treat with contempt, and remember with contempt, the behaviour of the Labor Party that, at every point, tried to obstruct the introduction of this new plan which will be of enormous benefit to Australian families.