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Queensland Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek

Till Death Duties Do Us Part

Victor P Taffa

Labor has put the prospect of reintroducing death duties back on the mortuary table according to Queensland Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek.

Opposition Leader John-Paul Langbroek said Labor was in such dire financial straits it was once again prepared to tax people even after they were dead.

“The final report of the Henry Tax review released this afternoon categorically states death taxes are an ‘economically efficient way of raising revenue’ and points out that most OECD countries impose them.”  Mr. Langbroek said.

“It was a Coalition government, a forerunner of the LNP which abolished death duties in Queensland in the 1970’s, forever changing the face of taxation in Australia.”


“The effect was such that other states were forced to follow suit and abolish them but now under Labor the spectre of death duties once again raises its ugly head.” Mr. Langbroek said.

The LNP utterly rejected the re-imposition of death duties.

“Death duties are the epitome of socialist wealth distribution dogma and attack the right of every parent to bequeath their property to their children.” Mr. Langbroek said.

“Now that the issue has been raised again, Queenslanders cannot trust Labor to rule out reintroducing death duties because they have a track record of lying about taxation.”

“People have every right to be concerned that not only will Labor tax them to breaking point while they are alive, they will be hovering about like vultures waiting to strip them of their assets once they are dead.” Mr. Langbroek said.

Former Queensland Premier Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen lead the way in the 1970’s and was the first political leader to abolish Death Duties. Not only should the re-introduction of Death Duties be condemned but also the Rudd Government should abolish Payroll Tax as this is simply an Employment Tax.


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