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Thursday, 12 November 2015
Page: 8458


Senator BRANDIS (QueenslandAttorney-General, Vice-President of the Executive Council and Leader of the Government in the Senate) (14:01): Senator Urquhart, as I tried to explain to your colleague Senator Polley yesterday, this government is encouraging a national conversation about jobs and growth. A very important feature of that national conversation is tax policy. You cannot have a national conversation about jobs and growth without having a conversation about tax policy. There are many, many voices and many points of view in the national conversation about tax policy. We have the views of a Labor Premier, Mr Weatherill, and a Liberal Premier, Mr Baird, who are calling for an increase in the rate of the GST, and we have the views of another Labor Premier, Mr Andrews, and another Liberal Premier, Mr Hodgman, who are not. There is a variety of views on this subject. (Time expired)