Conservative crossbenchers have lashed Pauline Hanson for vowing to side with Labor and the Greens to block Malcolm Turnbull’s business tax cuts, as the government intensifies its tax war with Bill Shorten by moving to force Senate debate on the final stage of its $65 billion plan.
The Australian reports, arguing the One Nation leader is putting her short-term political interest ahead of jobs, Conservatives’ leader Cory Bernardi and fellow crossbench senators David Leyonhjelm and Fraser Anning have piled pressure on Senator Hanson to reconsider her opposition to giving a tax break to businesses with annual revenue of more than $50 million.
The Senate battle comes as the Opposition Leader faces internal pressure ahead of the Super Saturday by-elections on July 28 for his “anti-business” rhetoric, while the Prime Minister had a significant political victory last week as the government’s $144 billion income tax package passed the Senate.
Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said: “Anyone who cares about protecting jobs and wages growth in Australia will vote for a lower, globally more competitive business tax rate.”
Senator Bernardi has told Chris Kenny on Sky News the battle in the Senate on tax reform shows the sharp contrast between Labor’s big-government high-taxing approach and the more sensible, common sense conservative side of politics.
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