September 18, 2017
Gold royalty and payroll tax
The State Opposition will not be rushed into making a decision as to whether it will oppose McGowan Government’s increase to the gold royalty and the payroll tax.
Shadow Cabinet met today and while the issue of the gold royalty and payroll tax was discussed, a Party position has not been adopted.
The Parliamentary Liberal Party Room comprising all elected members will determine the position we take as to whether or not we support the increase in the gold royalty and the payroll tax.
We will listen to industry and the community before making up our mind.
We will also be guided by Labor’s promises.
At the election, Mr McGowan promised:
· Labor would not increase taxes or introduce new taxes on Western Australians
· not to increase the gold royalty because mines would close and it would destroy jobs.
· to focus on job creation.
It is important to note the increase in the gold royalty and payroll tax does not constitute budget repair. The debt and deficit is increasing over the forward estimates, while the McGowan Government is increasing revenue – through increased taxes, new taxes and higher household fees and charges.
We will not be rushed into making a decision – we will take time to talk to industry, to workers and to community members, as our Shadow Minister for Mines and Petroleum and the Member for Kalgoorlie were doing today.
It is important to note Mr McGowan promised not to increase taxes, not to increase the gold royalty and to focus on job creation. We will take his comments into consideration when we determine our position.
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