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Labor again leading on policy, while the Coalition perform backflips



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ANDREW LEIGH MP

SHADOW ASSISTANT TREASURER

SHADOW MINISTER FOR COMPETITION AND PRODUCTIVITY

SHADOW MINISTER FOR TRADE IN SERVICES

SHADOW MINISTER FOR CHARITIES AND NOT-FOR-PROFITS

MEMBER FOR FENNER

LABOR AGAIN LEADING ON POLICY, WHILE THE COALITION PERFORM

BACKFLIPS

Labor is again leading the policy discussion with the Coalition today scrambling

to catch up on taxpayer appeal reforms we announced in August.

Last Wednesday, Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert said he was happy with the

tax office’s processes in dealing with appeals:

“…Assistant Treasurer Stuart Robert is satisfied with the ATO's reforms.”

(Australian Financial Review, 24 October 2018)

Today, Mr Robert says:

“There are some things we are going to do in terms of looking at better ways for

taxpayers to sit down with the Tax Office.”

Rather than lazily ‘looking’ around, the Coalition should adopt Labor’s

considered policy, unveiled two months ago, and broadly welcomed by the

small business sector.

A Shorten Labor Government will legislate to establish a new position of

Second Commissioner - Appeals within the Tax Office, reporting to the

Commissioner of Taxation, to head up a new Appeals area within the Australian

Taxation Office.

Labor urges Mr Robert to adopt these practical measures to help all taxpayers.

MONDAY, 29 OCTOBER 2018

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