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What is One Nation hiding on GST?



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ANDREW LEIGH MP SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION AND PRODUCTIVITY SHADOW MINISTER FOR CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE IN SERVICES MEMBER FOR FENNER

MURRAY WATT SENATOR FOR QUEENSLAND

What is one nation hiding on GST?

New revelations have raised more questions about possible breaches of Australian tax law by the Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party Queensland Division.

Earlier this week, it was revealed that One Nation had been collecting GST from its members and supporters, despite not having the Australian Tax Office's authorisation to do so.

Mysteriously, within a day of this becoming known, One Nation’s tax status has now been updated on the Australian Business Register, showing that it was registered for GST since 2015.

Today, we have written to the Minister for Revenue to ask:

1. Was One Nation’s request to register for GST fast-tracked? 2. Why was One Nation registered for GST back to 2015? 3. What action will the Australian Taxation Office take against One Nation for their failure to remit GST?

Given the close relationship between the Liberal Party and One Nation, it is important for Australians to be satisfied that One Nation has been treated like any other taxpayer. It would be outrageous if One Nation has been given special treatment, as part of a broader deal with the Liberal Party.

We look forward to a timely response from Minister O’Dwyer.

A copy of our letter is attached.

FRIDAY, 3 MARCH 2017

MEDIA CONTACS: LILLIAN HANNOCK (LEIGH): 0402 189 188 LAURA MANTON (WATT): 0408 698 537