|GST reform a Slipper distraction|
|LABOR is using a review into the carve-up of GST payments as justification for its controversial mining tax, as it deals with the fallout from the Peter Slipper saga.|
First off: The row over GST distribution between the states is set to intensify with an independent review into the carve-up dismissing demands from NSW, Victoria and Western Australia for a per capita split of the $51 billion tax revenue (The Australian) (Financial Review) (SMH).
The first interim report from the government-commissioned review – put together by former Victorian premier John Brumby, former NSW premier Nick Greiner and South Australian businessman Bruce Carter – instead backed the claims of smaller states. The government sees the findings as a vindication of its controversial minerals resource rent tax as a way to spread the wealth of the boom.
But the fallout from the Peter Slipper saga continues with key independent Andrew Wilkie seeking to capitalise on the changed numbers in parliament, meeting with Tony Abbott’s chief of staff Peta Credlin and Leader of the House Anthony Albanese yesterday (The Australian) (SMH).
Another key independent, Rob Oakeshott, has also weighed into the debate over Mr Slipper, saying the Liberal turncoat should not return to the role of Speaker until both the sexual harassment and criminal allegations against him are cleared (Financial Review). Mr Oakeshott says he is open to supporting a no-confidence motion against the Speaker.
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