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Simon Crean - Kim Beazley's Plan Endorsed Monday, 22 October 2001

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Kim Beazley's Plan Endorsed Simon Crean - Shadow Treasurer

Media Statement - 19 October 2001

Just a few hours after the release of Kim Beazley's Plan for a Fairer GST, Peter Costello's criticism has fallen flat on its face, The Deputy Leader of the Opposition and Shadow Treasurer, Mr Simon Crean said today.

Key interest groups have applauded Kim Beazley's Plan for a Fairer GST, including;

Alan McKenzie, National Association of Retail Grocers

"Well there's not too many items involved and I don't see any problems for independent grocers in being able to handle that change." Virginia Trioli Programme, 3LO

The Australian Pensioners and Superannuants' Federation

Australia's largest pensioner lobby group has called on the Coalition to match Labor's rollback plan. Norah McGuire, Australian Pensioners' and Superannuants' Federation, "I think that Labor has listened, they've listened to pensioners .." ABC Radio West Australia 19/10/2001 01:00 PM


Australia's peak welfare body ACOSS has welcomed Labor's announcement to roll back the GST if it wins the federal election. Michael Raper, ACOSS, "they are well targeted measures and they will help struggling and battling families." 612 ABC Brisbane 19/10/2001 04:00 PM

Council On The Ageing (Australia)

"COTA believes that the ALP's roll back plan in the areas of domestic electricity and gas supply, long term caravan park rentals, boarding house rentals, and funeral services, will be attractive to many older Australians."

Media Statement 19/10/01

Women's Electoral Lobby

Sandra Kelly, Women's Electoral Lobby, "We think it's great." Triple J 19/10/2001 04:00 PM

Anglicare Australia

"Anglicare Australia welcomes the commitments announced today by Opposition Leader, Mr Kim Beazley MP to lift the GST burden on charities emergency relief services and to take the GST off household electricity and gas supply as well as long-term caravan park and boarding house rentals."

"Taking GST off household electricity and gas supply and off long term caravan park and boarding house rentals will be a significant benefit to low income people who have been hard hit by the GST." Russell Rollason, Executive Officer, Media Release, 19 October 2001

DeJour Tampons

"Labor's removal of this tax is a victory to all Australian women. Sanitary products had not been taxed in this country for decades and any government that believes taxing women on an item of absolute necessity is good policy do not understand how personal and insulting this tax is. If women could choose not to menstruate, we would have done so years ago." Katrina Allen, De Jour Tampons, 19/10/01, Media Statement

Australian Funeral Directors Association

The Australian Funeral Directors Association says many people will welcome the removal of the GST from Funerals. Liz Young, Australian Funeral Directors Association, "They saw it as a death tax..." Melbourne 3AW 19/10/2001 03:00 PM

Senior economist

Senior economist at HSBC Bank Grant Fitzer says the roll back of the GST on gas and electricity would be relatively easy to implement. Grant Fitzer, HSBC Bank, "it would just be a matter of those utilities adjusting their bills." 612 ABC Brisbane 19/10/2001 05:00 PM

"Labor's plan will help struggling families and small business - that's why people are supporting it," Mr Crean said.

Authorised by Geoff Walsh, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.