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Labor's Real View on Higher Taxes

NO.056

LABOR’S REAL VIEWS ON HIGHER TAXES

A survey conducted by the Australian National University (Australian Candidate Study 2001) of the attitudes of political candidates has given a revealing insight into the Labor Party’s real view on tax.

The survey asked candidates before the last election “If the government had a choice between reducing taxes or spending more on social services, which do you think it should do?”

A total of 65 percent of Coalition candidates declared that they would prefer lower taxes.

Only 3 percent of Labor candidates declared that they would prefer lower taxes. 85 percent of Labor candidates said that they favoured higher spending and 11% were non-committal.

On the basis of this 3 percent return, this means that there are precisely 2 of the 64 Labor Members of the House of Representatives prepared to support lower taxes in a confidential survey.

CANBERRA
26 June 2003

26 Jun 2003

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