Peter Dutton has confirmed for the first time that he won’t stand in the way of tax relief for low and middle income earners.
The Liberal leader’s confirmation he’s ready to negotiate on delivering the $313 billion in tax cuts ensures they are likely to pass parliament this month.
Two Liberal MPs – Bridget Archer and Karen Andrews – have told news.com.au they do not believe the Liberal Party should block the tax cuts on principle.
Speaking today on Channel Nine Mr Dutton insisted he wouldn’t block the tax cuts.
“Well, no, we’re not,” he said. “We’re working through the figures. There are big numbers here. And our argument is that there should be incentive in the system.
Mr Dutton was then asked: “So you’re not going to stand in the way of these changes as a party.”
“Very clear, very clear that Liberal Party is the party of lower taxes,” he replied.
“We always have been. We always will be because we manage the economy more.”
Some frontbenchers think the Liberals should vote against the changes if amendments to restore tax cuts to high income earners fail.
“I don’t think that we should stand in the way of the proposed changes,” Tasmanian Liberal MP Bridget Archer said.“But I do think there is that issue of a broken promise.
“I think that is important because you know, even a week ago the Prime Minister was saying ‘no, no plans to change it or whatever.
“Whereas I think maybe we’ve got to get to the point where you can say, ‘Look, we’re considering that because the circumstances have changed’. That would have been an honest response.
“I think that the issue of honesty and integrity is important.”
But the outspoken Tasmanian MP has warned the Prime Minister’s broken promise also suggests “a lack of integrity” and that he should have been more honest with voters that he was considering the change.
Parliament resumes in Canberra next week and the divided Coalition is preparing to thrash out a position on the tax cuts which must be legislated.
The original tax cuts promised by Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese at the last election are already legislated.
Peter Dutton has slammed Treasurer Jim Chalmers’ “Robin Hood” act on tax cuts accusing him of robbing from the rich to give to the poor and warning changes to negative gearing on investment properties could be next.
The Liberal Party is yet to resolve its position on the revamped tax cuts, which are forecast to cost almost a third of a trillion dollars ($313 billion) over the next decade.
But Mr Dutton has urged Australians to brace for further policy changes. The average worker will pay $21,635 less tax over the next decade under Anthony Albanese’s revamped tax package.
In a speech delivered this week, the Treasurer said the approach does more to reduce bracket creep for more taxpayers compared to the old stage three.
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