PM speaks with forked tongue on tax: Labor
Shadow treasurer Chris Bowen has accused Malcolm Turnbull of speaking with a “forked tongue” when it comes to personal income tax cuts, coming at a time when his government is raising them with the Medicare Levy hike.
He said if the government is serious about these tax cuts it should stop this increase that Labor is opposing.
“He speaks with forked tongue … This is such a hypocritical government,” Mr Bowen told reporters in Sydney on Wednesday.
The prime minister argues his government can deliver personal tax relief to Australians at the same time as bringing the budget back into balance.
The prime minister was out and about on Wednesday pledging that the coalition’s next tax priority is to lower middle-income tax rates, as he faced questions about how it fits in with surplus goals.
“You have to do two things at the same time – sometimes three or four – and what we have already demonstrated is that we are bringing the budget back into balance,” he told the Seven Network.
Treasurer Scott Morrison says the government has been working through the detail of delivering tax cuts for some time, although he gave no indication when people see that benefit.
He said it has been a long time since any Australians have had a decent pay rise and this has been a real pressure on them.
“We wanted them to know as we went into Christmas that our first priority in taking the budget back to balance is to ensure we can give them some relief when it comes to their personal income tax,” Mr Morrison told ABC radio.