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PARLIAMENT OF AUSTRALIA THE SENATE

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

SENATOR CHRIS EVANS

LABOR SENATOR FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FAMILY SERVICES AND THE AGED

 

TAX PACKAGE ‘DANGEROUS’ FOR OLDER AUSTRALIANS

 

The Senate Committee inquiry into the GST was tol d today that the Government’s entire tax package was “dangerous” for older Australians.

 

In Sydney for a public hearing on the proposed tax changes, the Committee was presented with submissions from the Australian Pensioners and Superannuants Federation and the Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association of New South Wales.

 

At the hearing, a representative of the Federation stated that “no Government can achieve a gentle GST”.

 

Shadow Minister for Family Services and the Aged, Senator Chris Evans, said it is not surprising that the organisations representing pensioners and independent retirees are all coming out against the GST.

 

“They are rightly cynical about the Government’s proposed compensation package, which does not take into account the different spending patterns of older Australians,” Senator Evans said.

 

"Older Australians spend a high proportion of their income on the many goods and services that will increase in price under the proposed changes.”

 

“In particular, the taxing of services will unfairly target older Australians because, in many cases, they have no alternative but to rely on others to mow the lawn, maintain their house, or assist with transport and shopping. These services will be hit with the 10% GST. Older Australians also generally spend more time in the home, resulting in higher gas and electricity bills. These, too, will be taxed 10% under the GST.”

 

“The inadequacy of the compensation package offered to pensioners and independent retirees will mean older Australians will suffer as a result of the tax package. That is the message that the inquiry has been receiving from the many groups that represent older Australians.

 

The hearing became rowdy when Government Senators on the Committee, obviously sick of hearing this message, aggressively questioned representatives of the Federation and Association while they were presenting their submissions.

 

For more information: Tim Friedrich (02) 6277 3883

 

 

 

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