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Budget may never return to surplus under Hockey’s ‘magic pudding’ tax cuts

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Adam Bandt 25 Aug 2015

Greens Treasury spokesperson Adam Bandt MP today said new research suggests that Treasurer Joe Hockey’s mooted ‘bracket creep’ tax cuts may see the Budget never return to surplus, unless the government increases other taxes or introduces new spending cuts.

"We don't have a budget crisis but we will have a revenue crisis if a $25 billion hole is punched in the government's income stream,” Mr Bandt said.

“The government says it will get back to an early surplus, keep unfair tax breaks for the wealthy and reduce income taxes all at the same time, so it will have to cut services, lift other taxes or find a magic pudding.”

“The Greens won’t join Joe Hockey’s tax cuts bidding war because it will just mean more pain for everyday people.”

“The next election should be about getting rid of unfair tax breaks to the very wealthy, not offering more unaffordable tax cuts.”

“Tax is the price we pay for a civilised society. Addressing inflation-related bracket creep is one thing but blowing an unaffordable hole in the budget is another.”

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