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Tasmania Shadow Treasurer Peter Gutwein

Giddings’ GST Con Exposed

Victor P Taffa

The Premier’s GST con has been exposed.

The Federal Government predicted that GST growth will be modest, yet the Premier believes that Tasmania will conveniently receive a river of GST gold just in time for the next election, Shadow Treasurer Peter Gutwein said.

“The Premier’s prediction that Tasmania will get $757 Million more in GST than the Federal Government is forecasting is optimistic at best.”

“The Premier has also been caught out trying to claim that she’s just doing what the other states do. This is simply wrong.” Mr. Gutwein said.

“Other states’ own GST projections are generally based on a three-year rolling average.”

“Western Australia actually predicts that its share of GST will go down compared to Federal forecasts based on this methodology.” Mr. Gutwein said.

“Victoria’s own GST projections suggest a modest difference compared to the Federal forecasts of just a few percent.”

“However, the Premier would have Tasmanians believe that by 2015-16, GST for Tasmania will be a whopping 18 % above what the Federal Government thinks it will be.”

“The Premier has been exposed and should stop trying to con Tasmanians.” Mr. Gutwein said.

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