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David Hawker : Federal Member for Wannon ■ Shadow Minister for Land Transport

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SN O W D O N S H O U L D ANSWKR SOMF. O F H IS O W N Q U E ST IO N S

Instead of trying to cover up the appalling mess Labor has made of the transport sector, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Transport and Communications should tell Australians why his Government has bled them dry.

In a Media Release put out late last night, the Member for the Northern Territory asked a series of questions on the Coalition's goods and services tax, but tells us nothing of Labor's plans.

The Coalition has said time and again that we will release our policies, including the details of the goods and services tax, when we choose to. We will not be releasing it because the Government says we should, and certainly not because the Member for the Northern Territory says we should.

After all, the Government never tells what will be in the Budget or what their policies for the next election (bound to be held soon) are. Why doesn't the member for the Northern Territory come clean on this??

What the Member for the Northern Territory should be able to tell us is why, in 8 years in government, Labor has increased fuel tax by way over 90%, yet reduced road funding by over 30% in real terms?

Why has he allowed his Government to collect increasing levels of sales tax on goods Slid freight - significantly increasing the cost of goods, and the rate of tax on, consumers in the bush?

What is his Party's transport and tax policies for the next election? The Coalition has been honest enough to put ours up front.

The Coalition will be reducing fuel tax for truckers.

One thing I can assure the Member for the Northern Territory is that people in the bush, can see through his Government's rhetoric and will embrace the goods and services tax, just as the farmers' associations have, because it will mean money in their pockets - not in the Government's coffers.

ends 18 September 1991

Contact: David Hawker (055) 72 1100

Janice Wykes (06) 277 4231 or (06) 288 3946

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