Title Western Victorians to benefit from 1 July Coalition tax changes.
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Date 30-06-2008
Source HAWKER, DAVID, MP
Author HAWKER, David
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Cover date Monday, 30 June 2008
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Western Victorians to benefit from 1 July Coalition tax changes.

Federal Member for Wannon

Hamilton Office 190 Gray St, HAMILTON VIC 3300 Warrnambool Office 73 Kepler St WARRNAMBOOL VIC 3280 Freecall 1300 131 692 E David.Hawker.MP@aph.gov.au W www.davidhawker.com.au

Federal Member for Wannon

30 June 2008

WESTERN VICTORIANS TO BENEFIT FROM 1 JULY COALITION TAX CHANGES

The 1st July marks the implementation of the former Coalition Government’s new fuel tax credits, which will benefit a wide variety of local industries, Federal Member for Wannon, David Hawker, said today.

Mr Hawker said the 1st July changes mean that farmers, foresters, fishers, miners, nurses, doctors and operators of marine transport and emergency vessels will for the first time be able to claim the full rebate excise of 38.14 cents per litre for petrol and other fuels used off-road. Until now, the full rebate applied only to diesel use.

“This is great news for rural people who use their vehicles for business, and will help drive their fuel prices down,” Mr Hawker said.

“It was a Coalition Government decision that has made this happen.”

Mr Hawker said he suspected the new Labor Government would take credit for the new tax credits.

“If they do, that would be quite hypocritical given that Labor still has plans to increase the diesel fuel excise paid by heavy vehicles owners by 1.4 cents per litre, and to reintroduce excise indexation which the Coalition abolished in 2001,” he said.

“Labor hopes it can ram these damaging changes through the Senate when parliament resume in August. Labor incredibly believes this tax slug is ‘responsible’ at a time when owner-drivers, bus operators and the like are dealing with the highest fuel prices on record.

“The Coalition has a different view – we do not believe in making life more difficult for people on fuel prices.”

Mr Hawker said all industries (including construction and manufacturing) will be able to get a half rebate of 19.07 cents per litre on diesel, petrol and all other fuels used off-road. They will get a full rebate from 1 July 2012.

“These changes will benefit many businesses and people right across Western Victoria,” he said.

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