Geoff Gallop

Geoff Gallop

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    Increased taxes and charges under Coalition govt

    2/02/1993 12:00 AM
     
     
    There was no doubt that taxes and charges would rise under a Coalition government, Fuel and Energy Minister Geoff Gallop said today.
     
    "The Opposition's costings made it clear that Western Australians would be hit with much higher charges," Dr Gallop said.
     
    "They claim that, if elected, there would be no new borrowings for capital works and increased spending on a number of new programs - but there is no explanation of where the money to fund all this would come from," he said.
     
    "Their costings are a fraud.  In order to make it all add up, taxes and charges must rise, and there must be cuts to Government services.
     
    "They say there would be no reduction in essential services, and no borrowings for new capital works - and this is in the fastest growing State in Australia, where you need borrowings to fund infrastructure for economic and social reasons.
     
    "They have also said they would be spending $119 million on capital works, but where will the money come from if it is not borrowed?
     
    "The obvious response is from cutbacks and from increases in taxes and charges.
     
    "They say there would be no new taxes, but they have a number of new and expanded programs.  Costings for these new initiatives are inaccurate or not provided at all."
     
    Dr Gallop said the Opposition would meet its expanded programs by shifting into non-budget organisations at no cost to CRF.
     
    "Statutory authorities would bear the brunt of the squeeze on spending.
     
    "This means that you and I would pay in increased charges."
     
    Dr Gallop said that John Hewson would cut funding to Western Australia by $362 million, but one of the basic assumptions of this document was that Commonwealth grants were going to rise by two per cent.
     
    "At the same time, when it suits the Opposition, they say they will eliminate payroll tax, to be funded by GST," he said.
     
    "There have got to be spending cuts, which they have left to our imagination.
     
    "Mr Kennett has shown how a conservative government will save money and `make efficiencies' - through sacking people like teachers and making cuts to transport services.
     
    "It is no wonder that the Opposition has left this document to the last moment.
     
    "It will not stand up, and if this is an example of the way in which they propose to manage the finances of the State, then heaven help us."