WAYNE SWAN MP
MEMBER FOR LILLEY
WEDNESDAY, 27 JUNE 2018
SUBJECTS: Pauline Hanson; company tax cuts.
WAYNE SWAN: Labor has never supported tax cuts for big business. They come with a huge cost – $80 billion dollars – and that money will inevitably be ripped out of health and education. But I see this morning Pauline Hanson has said that she's going to jump into bed with the coalition on the big company tax cuts.
Pauline Hanson might as well go and join the Liberal Party – here's the membership form. She can take out a bronze, silver, gold or platinum membership. Well the truth is, she votes with them 90 per cent of the time, so she might as well get platinum membership of the Liberal Party.
This question of tax cuts for big business is incredibly serious for the future of our country. What it means is less money available for health and education and they will not bring the benefit, in terms of jobs and growth that is promised by the Coalition. They are effectively a con job and now we see Pauline Hanson getting into bed with the Government, she might as well go and join the Liberal Party of Australia.
Because in my home state of Queensland this will mean dramatic cuts in terms of health and education, particularly to hospitals like the Caboolture Hospital.
JOURNALIST: Mr Swan, should Bill Shorten have gotten approval from Shadow Cabinet before announcing that Labor would repeal the company tax cuts?
SWAN: Labor has always had the view that we are opposed to tax cuts for big business and we will support tax cuts for small business. There is absolutely nothing new in that position.
JOURNALIST: So was it a captain’s call from Mr Shorten?
SWAN: It’s been well known what Labor’s position was; we would support the tax cuts for small business. The question of the threshold is one that’s been under discussion; there’s nothing new about that at all.
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