Speeches in Parliament
Ms RISHWORTH (Kingston) (19:30): Today I rise to call on the Prime Minister to rule out once and for all increasing the GST to 15 per cent. A fair tax system is what matters to the people of Australia. This is why Labor will never, ever support an increase in the GST to 15 per cent. We have been very clear that we are not in the business of introducing a regressive tax that will hurt low- and middle-income earners the most. It would cost the average Australian family an extra $5,000 a year. I want to make it really clear where I stand, even if the Prime Minister will not be clear about where he stands and even if the Treasurer will not be clear about where he stands. I want to make it very clear where I stand, because my electors have asked me to stand up for them in this place and say: 'No increase to the GST'.