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Transcript of interview with Steve Mills: 6PR: 21 January 2011: flood levy



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Joe Hockey, MP Shadow Treasurer Member for North Sydney

INTERVIEW - 6PR WITH STEVE MILLS

21ST JANUARY 2011

Subject: Flood levy.

STEVE MILLS:

Good morning Joe. How are you going?

JOE HOCKEY:

Good day Simon. How are you?

STEVE MILLS:

It’s Millsy actually on the line this morning. How are you doing?

JOE HOCKEY:

Good, mate. Sorry about that.

STEVE MILLS:

That’s okay. Now you have made a statement this morning saying you won’t support any form of tax levy.

JOE HOCKEY:

Well our view is with the government introducing a new carbon tax this year, it wants to introduce a new mining tax this year, last year it increased the price of cigarettes, it increased the price of alcohol, it increased the price of cars with higher taxes, then you have got to draw a line and you have got to say to the government: stop spending so much money, stop wasting so much money and spend it on the priorities and there is no greater priority than flood victims at the moment.

STEVE MILLS:

Tony Abbott is talking about some form of tax relief for those that have been impacted. How would that work?

JOE HOCKEY:

Effectively we are saying that for those businesses that have to remit a GST or PAYG tax, obviously they have lost their paperwork in many cases or the last thing they want to be doing is filling out forms for the Tax Office at the moment so they deserve a bit of break. They will still have to pay the money at some stage but what we are saying is they deserve a break from the red tape and the paperwork at the moment. It is an interim measure, it is a start-up measure but it is pretty obvious from our perspective - just get on with the job of giving people a bit of a relief from having to get those forms in.

STEVE MILLS:

Just before you go, we had a poll open this morning asking do you support a levy for the floods. If Julia Gillard pushes on will this be the end of her government?

JOE HOCKEY:

Well, what it illustrates is that they are just reckless with money. The absurdity of it is that the government is going to be spending money rolling out a National Broadband Network - employing electricians to put up broadband when the home next door doesn’t have electricity and can’t get an electrician.

STEVE MILLS:

It is a bit hard…

JOE HOCKEY:

They still have builders putting up school halls and next door there is a school that is flooded.

STEVE MILLS:

Well obviously you are not supporting it and it is pretty obvious. Thanks for your time this morning. Joe Hockey there

JOE HOCKEY:

Anytime.

[ends]