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    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Queensland won’t settle for less on GST

    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships
    The Honourable Jackie Trad

    Tuesday, October 02, 2018

    Queensland won’t settle for less on GST

    Getting a fair deal on the state’s share of GST revenue will be top of the list for Queensland at this week’s Council on Federal Financial Relations Meeting.

    Queensland Deputy Premier and Treasurer Jackie Trad said that the Commonwealth’s plan to legislate their GST model had been sprung on states.

    “We were incredibly disappointed to read in media reports just two days away from this critical meeting that the Federal Government is moving away from a negotiated, collaborative process around the GST,” Ms Trad said.

    “Instead they will attempt to force through legislation to establish their untested model.

    “This was done with no consultation with the states and stands completely at odds with the established process around the GST.

    “This looks more like a political move to help an unpopular, aimless government than a genuine attempt to work in the best interests of Queenslanders.

    “Let’s be serious – this is about a sweetheart deal with Western Australia to secure their local seats. That’s not a plan for all Australians.

    “This is especially concerning considering modelling has shown that Queensland could stand to lose up to billions of dollars under the proposal by the Commonwealth.

    “The Commonwealth are also yet to provide details of where any additional money in the GST pool will come from.

    “Will it be taken from existing National Partnership Agreements? Will it come from Queensland’s schools and hospitals?

    “If they’re promising that no state will be worse off, they will have no problem putting it in any proposed legislation.”

    The removal of GST on feminine hygiene products is also set to be discussed at the meeting.

    “Our Labor Government has been lobbying for the removal of the tampon tax for a long time and it is heartening to see the Federal Government take our lead on this issue,” she said.

    “While it’s long overdue, I know that women across Queensland will welcome the cost of living relief on these essential products.

    “I’m incredibly proud to have been able to support this move and acknowledge the work of organisations like Share the Dignity who have been integral in securing this win.

    “What this underscores is that all states and the Commonwealth need to have a mature, comprehensive conversation about the future of the GST, how it works and what’s in and what’s out.

    “The GST shouldn’t be manipulated by the Commonwealth for a short-term fix for their political problems. Instead it must be utilised to deliver the high-quality services and infrastructure that every Australian deserves, no matter where they live.”


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