Labor candidate for Mitchell, Andrew Punch has called on Liberal sitting MP Alex Hawke to come clean with local families about their planned changes to the goods and services tax (GST).
“We’ve now had the deputy leader of the Liberal Party, the shadow treasurer and the leader of the opposition confirm that the Coalition GST changes are on the table,” Mr Punch said.
“We know Mr Abbott will have to make $70 billion in cuts to the budget to pay for his promises.
“Mr Abbott cannot deliver multi-billion [dollar] policies like a company tax cut and Paid Parental Leave if he doesn’t increase the GST, expand it to cover food, or make further cuts to schools, family payments and hospital funding.
“Alex Hawke needs to explain to Mitchell why he wants to make them pay more for their groceries, health and education services.”
Mr Punch said raising the GST to 12.5 per cent and an "expansion to food" would see:
■ 2-litre milk rise 25 cents;
■ Tip Top loaf of bread go up 44 cents;
■ Carton of eggs go up 75 cents;
■ Jar of Vegemite go up 85 cents; and
■ Meadow Lea go up 34 cents.
“This would hit local families already struggling to make ends meet hard,” Mr Punch said.
“The scariest thing for Mitchell families is that this is just breakfast, and if the GST is expanded to include items currently exempt, fresh food, water bills, childcare costs, school fees, medicine, and university fees will all go through the roof."
Mr Punch said no one should ever forget in this election that Mr Abbott said on April 19 that “we will do some things that will hurt”.
“While Labor is delivering more help than ever before to Mitchell families through our Paid Parental Leave, Schoolkids bonus and increased childcare rebate, Alex Hawke wants to make it harder to put food on the table," Mr Punch said.
“Only Labor will give Mitchell families the support they need, when they need it most."