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The treasurer is wrong and should know he is wrong



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ACOSS Media Release Issued: 5.20pm Thursday 4 February 1999

The Treasurer is wrong and should know he is wrong

Responding to the Treasurer's claim that ACOSS believes that low income people will be better off under the Government's tax package and should therefore support a GST on food, Michael Raper Australian

Council of Social Service President said:

"It is time for the Treasurer to stop playing games with ACOSS and to stop playing games with the lives of pensioners, unemployed people and low wage families."

"He is wrong when he says ACOSS believes ali low income Australians will be better off with the Government’s tax package — and he should know he is wrong."

In fact, many Australians will be worse-off, according to the best available independent figures — as an accurate reading of our first submission to the Senate Inquiry shows.”

"It is time the Treasurer accepted what the figures actually say and not what he'd like them to say."

"He certainly doesn't speak for ACOSS "

"This is why we told the Senate inquiry again today what we have always said — food must be excluded from the GST if we are to protect pensioners, unemployed people and low wage families," concluded Michaei Raper.

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