Tasmania’s Labor Premier, Lara Giddings, has addressed the National Press Club in Canberra.
Giddings spoke at length about the state of Tasmania’s economy. She defended her state’s share of the proceeds of the Goods and Services Tax, praised the National Broadband Network and talked of Tasmania’s place in the Asian Century.
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced further assistance for Queensland, NSW and Western Australian flood victims.
The measures include NewStart payments and assistance for business, primary producers and others who have lost income from their regular source and have been unable to avail themselves of regular social security benefits. An income test applies.
The benefit will be available to flood victims in around 150 local government areas in Queensland, NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
The Federal Opposition Leader, Kim Beazley, has unveiled the ALP’s GST “rollback” plans, pledging to remove the 10% tax from electricity and gas from 2003.
The GST would also be taken off caravan park residents, women’s sanitary products, funerals, nappies and textbooks. The ALP has also promised to remove the impact of the tax from the emergency relief services of charities.
Beazley says the rollback will cost $2.2 billion over 4 years, but would not put the budget into deficit.