Even the PM is unsure about a GST increase, he reveals in a new interview

Malcolm Turnbull’s in our nation’s highest job but even the PM can have some doubts, especially when it comes to the
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Malcolm Turnbull’s in our nation’s highest job but even the PM can have some doubts, especially when it comes to the GST, he’s revealed to the Sunday Telegraph.

We all know about the proposed increase to the GST but until now all we’ve been hearing is a lot of back and forth, a lot of will they or won’t they. Now it’s clear why: the PM is sceptical about how raising the GST will benefit both his party and the Australian people.

The Prime Minister said if his cabinet and party room could not be convinced of the merits of the change by hard economic data before the May budget, it was off the agenda for the next term.

“If we did not take a GST change to this election then we could not try to ­implement that in the next term,’’ Mr Turnbull said.

“The bottom line is I would not and I don’t think any government could, contemplate making a change of the kind we are talking about to the tax system without taking it to an election”.

“We’ve never said we were going to implement a GST. Bill Shorten’s the one that has been haunting greengrocers holding up lettuces. I’ve never said that,” Mr Turnbull said.

Mr Turnbull said there was a Plan B in place to provide income tax relief without a GST increase but it wouldn’t be as radical.

“There are a lot of proposals that have been floating around. Work-related deductions is obviously one. Concessions on super is another,” he revealed.

And the only way he’s going to approve a GST increase before the election? If it benefits the economy.

But is that the same as benefiting the people? Tell us your thoughts today.

  1. Robert Hind

    But still he talks about “income tax relief”! Where is the proof that will “benefit the economy”?

  2. Nan Johnston

    I do not agree with a 50% increase in GST to help cover up the debt this government has put us in.

    • Carolyn Janson

      It’s not to do with debt; this party doesn’t understand economics anyway. What it would do is stifle the economy, even further; which is their biggest error.

    • Carolyn Janson

      It’s not to do with debt; this party doesn’t understand economics anyway. What it would do is stifle the economy, even further; which is their biggest error.

    • Carolyn Janson

      Yes, Marlene, that is true. If they actually understood economics, they would know this does not work.

    • Joan Savell

      The government has allowed this debt to grow because they will not make over 1500 very large companies pay any tax..they allow the eealthy and high income earner including themselves to minimise their tax to the point that they pay less tax than a person on %30000. They repealed the carbon tax and did nothing to replace the lost tax revenue caused by that…they repealed the mining tax and again did nothing to replace the lost tax revenue…they give 4.5billion dollars in fuel subsidies to the mining companies and have no tax revenue to cover it. I could go on and on but the essence of it is just like someone earning $500 pw but spending$1000 pw where does the other 500 come from..CREDIT CARD….simple economics 101 you cant cancell earnings and still spend as if you had them.

  3. David James

    Have some guts, put a rise in the GST to a vote Turnbull at the next election, beause it will be a pleasure to see you voted out

  4. Sue McLean

    Yes he is still dithering around trying to decide how he can stay top of the polls. I don’t believe he cares about the people or the economy.

    • Sue Todd

      Interesting that he mentioned raising the GST wouldn’t help the Liberal party. It sure wouldn’t, but they’re not in power to benefit the party, they’re supposed to be doing things to benefit the people. Fat chance of that happening!

    • Sue Todd

      Interesting that he mentioned raising the GST wouldn’t help the Liberal party. It sure wouldn’t, but they’re not in power to benefit the party, they’re supposed to be doing things to benefit the people. Fat chance of that happening!

  5. Libbi Elliot

    Turnbull will not have the courage to follow a rise to the GST through, he is a weak PM and something like this would have to be put to the electorate BEFORE the next election. All the polls indicate if it is on the table the LNP will lose in a landslide. The alternative is they could LIE, like at the last election and bring it in after they were voted in

    • Sue Todd

      I can’t believe how weak he is, I gave him a bit more credit. He might not have said the GST rise was on the table, but Morriscum certainly did!!

    • Sue Todd

      I can’t believe how weak he is, I gave him a bit more credit. He might not have said the GST rise was on the table, but Morriscum certainly did!!

    • Libbi Elliot

      Morrison is still pushing for it Sue, Turnbull knows by Liberal Party internal polling that they will lose if they push for this

    • Libbi Elliot

      Morrison is still pushing for it Sue, Turnbull knows by Liberal Party internal polling that they will lose if they push for this

    • Sue Todd

      The backbenchers are rebelling, they know they’ll be rolled if the GST is raised. They’re so bloody incompetent it makes my head spin

    • Ian Sutton

      Turnbull is so absolutely weak He”s popular PM 60-20 –Long may this weakness continue’ Accept it Labor supporters YOUR LEADER IS A DUD !!!

    • Sue Todd

      And who was that poll taken Ian, among the employees of Newscorp? I’ve never been asked

    • Libbi Elliot

      Ian Sutton I won’t be voting for the leader, I will be voting for the policy, Turnbull is PM because he knifed Abbott, many Liberal supporters are not happy with that, you need to worry about who they are going to vote for and I suspect it will NOT be for Turnbull.

    • Sue Todd

      That’s it Libbi. Never once have I said I liked Shorten, these fools assume if you don’t like the Liberals you must like Shorten. What I do like is Labor policies, they don’t slam us pensioners they way Liberal policy does. Or health, or education.

    • Libbi Elliot

      The days Sue only a fool votes for the Leader, they don’t last, I agree I look at Policy and ASK how it will affect me and my country, and The LNP have done nothing but lie an break promises and I can’t imagine Turnbull will be much different. It seems to be a case now of will you vote for the lies I am telling you today? are you stupid enough to believe me again? the answer for me is NO.

    • Sue Todd

      I will never believe them, the lies Abbott told to get elected finished me with the Liberals. He broke every one of them in the first 6 months. Not that I believed him and voted for him, but he showed me just how deceitful the Liberals are

    • Sue Todd

      This afternoon Turnbull is backing away from the GST rises. Are we surprised Libbi? Nope, of course not. It was the lazy way to get revenue, now they’ll have to come up with another way, but never fear folks, it WILL be coming from us and not their rich mates. He’s become more like Abbott every day with his backflips.

    • pitchag  

      John Howard went to an election stating he would bring in G.S.T and won the election in a landslide, please check your information before comment

  6. Bev Howell

    We already pay to much tax, wish we the people never voted for GST government start rising it , will never stop we pay two taxes

    • Tony Glanville

      I may be wrong but I seem to remember the people did not truly vote for the GST. The only way that filthbag howard got it over the line was with preference votes from cheryl kerner & pauline hanson both who went to the polls totally opposed to the GST. Thankfully both of those cows lost thier jobs.

  7. Deborah Drinan

    Let’s see what unfolds in the weeks ahead – don’t think he will go ahead with such an increase – if it’s passed your GONE mate

    • Joan Savell

      Of course he wont go ahead with it he has realised he would lose too many liberal votes……but after the election…..different story.

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