PM’s $158 billion tax cuts in doubt
TAX cuts for ten million Australians of up to $1080 are in doubt after Pauline Hanson said she won't back them "at this stage".
The One Nation leader this morning left the door open to supporting the hip pocket relief for workers earning up to $126,000 a year but signalled she was not yet convinced.
Senator Hanson told the Nine Network's The Today Show there were more important projects the government should fund first, such as a coal-fired power station or a water security project.
Workers earning up to $90,000 are already due to get a tax cut of up to $530 from July 1 after they passed parliament last year.
But the bigger tax cuts are in doubt if Prime Minister Scott Morrison can't secure crossbench support for them when parliament resumes next month.
Mr Morrison needs four out of six crossbench senators to pass the $158 billion tax cut package with Labor refusing to back the final stage of the plan.
The tax reform package will also involve reducing the tax bracket set to capture all taxpayers earning between $45,000 and $200,000 by 2024 from a 32.5 per cent tax rate to 30 per cent.
Senator Cory Bernardi has already indicated he will support the package but Mr Morrison will also need newly returned crossbench senator Jacqui Lambie and two votes from either Centre Alliance or One Nation.
Centre Alliance is still considering its position over concerns whether Australia can afford the tax cuts given the current economic climate.
Asked directly if she would support the plan this morning, Senator Hanson said: "At this stage, no, I'm not."
"We are talking about over $158 billion over the next few years," she told Today Show host Deborah Knight.
"You know, I think there is more important issues out there that are of concern to the Australian people."
The Australian Taxation Office cannot distribute the $1080 tax cuts unless they pass parliament, which is due to resume on July 2.
Senator Hanson also said she would support launching a Senate inquiry into the Australian Federal Police raids on the ABC and a News Corp journalist's house in Canberra.
She backed calls for tougher laws to protect whistleblowers but indicated she wouldn't push for new measures to protect journalists.