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Friday, January 06, 2006

Peter Costello needs to give Brett Whiteley a GST Lesson - David Bartlett, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Peter Costello needs to give Brett Whiteley a GST Lesson - David Bartlett, MHA - Tasmanian Government Media Releases

Member for Denison David Bartlett this afternoon said Brett Whiteley isn’t just irresponsible and incompetent now, he is just proved himself to have no idea what-so-ever.

“For a man who wishes to hold the treasury portfolio, he really has no idea about finances.

“For Brett Whiteley to suggest that high petrol prices have anything to do with the state government is so ridiculous that no sane person on the planet would believe him.

“It is Whiteley’s Federal Liberal Colleagues who are the bowser wowsers and it is incorrect to suggest otherwise.

“Whiteley's release is just yet another example of his desire to grab a quick headline at the expense of any substance what-so-ever.

“Let me state it categorically once again, there is no GST windfall to the State Government and Whiteley knows it.

“He knows that the most recent advice from the Commonwealth is that we have lost millions in GST receipts since the 2005-06 Budget was finalised.

“There is no petrol related bonanza from the GST and there is no GST fairy which is going to come and save the Liberals with the massive Budget blackhole which their endless promises would create.

“Even with a most basic understanding of economics Mr Whiteley would appreciate that people only have a limited amount of money in their pockets.

“If they are having to pay more for petrol then it is highly likely that they will be cutting back on other expenses.

“As a result there is unlikely to be any overall impact on GST receipts.

“Its even possible that there would be a reduction in GST receipts.

“Its time Mr Whiteley took his publicly funded position as Shadow Treasurer seriously and made an effort to properly understand his portfolio area.”

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