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Harradine response to Democrat GST inquiry proposal.

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Harradine Response to Democrat GST Inquiry Proposal


The Australia Democrat’s proposal for a two-tier committee inquiry is a reasonable start.


I have no objection to the structure of the inquiry as proposed by the Democrats. F or logistical reasons, I would have preferred the first tier of the inquiry be undertaken by the expert Senate Economics References Committee.


However I believe the current terms of reference are a minimalist position.


There are a number of additional terms of reference which I would seek to have included in the references to the Select Committee and to the other portfolio Committees.


These would include the effect on low and middle income families of taxing the necessities of life; the effect of the GST and Tax Package on wage costs and issues concerning the GST rate base and the possible erosion or withdrawal of compensation.


Issued Canberra November 9, 1998

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