ABBOTT ADDICTION TO BROKEN PROMISES: NOW IT’S THE GST

Joint Media Release with the Shadow Treasurer, Chris Bowen.

Two years ago tomorrow, Tony Abbott promised the Australian people that he would not increase the GST.

“The GST does not change, full stop, end of story.”

- ABBOTT, MEET THE PRESS, 18 AUGUST 2013

 When asked to rule out increasing the GST last week, Tony Abbott replied:

 “Well, what I'm not going to do is rule out a sensible conversation about a better tax system.”

ABBOTT, QUESTION TIME, HANSARD, 12 AUGUST 2015

On Sunday, Tony Abbott had the hide to say that the Abbott Government has “had two great years in Government”.

There is barely any election commitment that Tony Abbott has not or will not break.

On 33 separate occasions prior to the last election, Tony Abbott promised not to change the GST.

In Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey’s first Budget, they cut $80 billion in funding to schools and hospitals, a move that was designed to force the States and Territories to make an argument to increase the GST.

Last month, Tony’s good friend Mike Baird came to the party and agreed to be the front man for a Coalition campaign to increase the GST by 50 per cent.

The fact is, Tony Abbott is simply out of touch when it comes to tax.

Tony Abbott is quick to rule out tax changes that hit multinational companies or high income individuals, but always in favour of tax hikes that hit low and middle income Australians like an increase in the GST.

The Liberal party first brought in the GST, so increasing it is in their DNA.

Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have an appalling record on tax.

The Abbott Government taxing Australians at higher levels than at any time since the Howard Government, with tax receipts rising each and every year over the Budget forward estimates.

Tony Abbott and Joe Hockey have increased personal income tax while he’s increased petrol taxes and tried to impose a GP tax.

The most recent Budget included at least $3.9 billion in new taxes, tax rises and charges.

Just like on so many issues, Tony Abbott cannot be trusted when it comes to the GST and tax more generally.