Dishonest and sneaky? Or just clueless?
These are the options Prime Minister Scott Morrison tabled when referring to Bill Shorten and Labor’s tax plans for your superannuation.
As AAP reports, the dig came as Shorten tried to clear the air on his misstep in saying his party has ruled out any increase to taxes on superannuation.
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Shorten ‘picks the wrong words’
‘That is his policy!’ Morrison said, referring to Labor’s announcement back in 2016 of a new plan for super funds.
This plan, which would come to fruition if Labor win the election, would increase the tax burden on superannuation members by about $34 billion.
In defence, Shorten told reporters in Perth on Wednesday ‘I thought I was being asked about whether we have any unannounced changes for superannuation. I should’ve picked the words better, no question’.
An understatement if ever there was one, given it’s campaign season.
But Shorten didn’t stop there with his counter attack, stressing that Labor’s plans are about changing tax concessions, rather than introducing new taxes.
‘We’re talking about closing down some of the loopholes which overwhelmingly favour people with the biggest superannuation balances,’ Labor finance spokesman Jim Chalmers told reporters in Canberra.
They just won’t miss an opportunity to give a shout out to the poor folk, will they?
Nevertheless, Morrison closed the debate with his promise that, ‘any chance I get, I’ll seek to lower taxes’.
In other news…
All this debate has done, really, is distract Aussies from the announcements each leader has made on the seventh day of campaigning.
While down in Tassie, ScoMo promised $100 million for five new irrigation projects, which can hopefully help them win three seats in the state.
Meanwhile, in Perth, Shorten paraded his $20 million plan for a new program to make it easier for blood cancer patients to get into drug trials, which falls under Labor’s opposition’s $2.3 billion promise for Medicare and cancer research.
And the Greens have announced that if Labor wins, they will support the new government’s climate change policies if it spends $2 billion on a new nature fund.
That’s a scenario we’d like to avoid.
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