Delayed tax summit comes under fire
THE Federal Government is again fending off accusations of broken promises after delaying a proposed tax summit until October.
The broad-ranging tax forum was meant to have taken place before June 30 under the agreement made with cross bench MPs Tony Windsor and Rob Oakeshott last year.
But Treasurer Wayne Swan yesterday opened his new Twitter account ( under the name of ‘ ‘ SwannyDPM’’) with a bang, announcing that the forum will be held on October 4 and 5.
It immediately prompted claims from the Opposition that the Government is trying to shield its controversial mining and carbon taxes from scrutiny.
Mr Swan defended the three-month delay and blamed what has been a busy year.
‘‘ It is basically to give people the time to get organised,’’ he said.
‘‘ If I was walking out here and saying today that we were holding it by the end of June, people would be screaming and yelling and s aying t hey didn’t have enough time.’’
Natural disasters have also taken their toll, he said.
‘‘ You’d all understand the way this year has evolved, particularly with natural disasters and the rest of it, and other issues the government has been progressing, people would like a bit more time,’’ Mr Swan said.
The Treasurer added that the decision had been made with the agreement of Mr Windsor and Mr Oakeshott.
Opposition treasury spokesman Joe Hockey accused the Government of deliberately delaying the summit to allow its carbon and mining t axes t o be passed by parliament.
‘‘( The government is) not interested in open debates,’’ Mr Hockey said.