THE HON TANYA PLIBERSEK MP
DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
SHADOW MINISTER FOR EDUCATION AND TRAINING
SHADOW MINISTER FOR WOMEN
MEMBER FOR SYDNEY
THURSDAY 28 JUNE 2018
SUBJECTS: Malcolm's Turnbull's tax cuts for the top end of town; Labor’s priorities for Australians.
TANYA PLIBERSEK MP, DEPUTY LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION: Thanks very much for coming out this morning. Today is the final sitting day, at least we hope it is the final sitting day, of this session in Canberra and we know very clearly what the Government will be focused on today. They will be desperate to get their $80 billion of big business tax cuts through the Parliament. $80 billion of big business tax cuts, most of which will flow to overseas shareholders. We know that this Government is desperate to get the support of One Nation to push through these unfair tax cuts for the big end of town. So today we'll keep up the fight, we will make sure that those big business tax cuts aren't agreed to by the Senate. We very much urge One Nation not to cave at the last minute and to continue to stand up against these unfair tax cuts that mostly benefit overseas shareholders and the big end of town.
JOURNALIST: So minister, just to confirm you are having a leadership meeting today about those company tax cuts?
PLIBERSEK: We have regular meetings about all sorts of policy issues. I'm not going to pre-empt any discussions that we have today.
JOURNALIST: Shouldn't you have had a meeting first and then made the policy decision?
PLIBERSEK: Honestly, we have been clear all the way along that we do not support tax cuts for the big end of town. We said from day one that we support business tax cuts for businesses under $2 million. We've announced our own policy, the Australian Investment Guarantee, that allows businesses to write off purchases up to $20,000 instantly. That drives investment here in Australia. That drives jobs. It’s not just a tax cut that that flows to overseas shareholders. And as for the questions about who talked to who when, honestly, Canberra journalists might be interested in these process stories - what ordinary Australians are interested in is what you are for and against. We are against tax cuts for the big end of town, $17 billion tax cut for the big banks, we are against that. We are for better investment in health, better investment in education, protecting and rebuilding TAFE, seeing more apprentices, making sure that our aged care policies are properly funded. That's what’s Australians care about - what their government will do to make their lives better, make their lives easier. We've announced personal income tax cuts that are almost double for people on low and middle incomes. Everybody up to $125,000 a year income is better off under Labor. That's what matters to people lives. Having their penalty rates protected that's what matters to people’s lives. Thanks very much.