The Australian Labor Party have dismissed claims that the carbon tax would return during the lead-up to the next federal election. However they confirmed that there will be a new policy on climate change that will include an emissions trading scheme. Opposition leader Leader Bill Shorten said this morning’s reports of a leaked discussion paper, outlining the resurrection of a modified carbon tax were “complete rubbish,” as well as claims that MP’s within the party were preparing to undermine Mr Shorten before the next election.
Raise GST, Hockey tells states
Federal Treasurer Joe Hockey will put pressure on state governments to raise the GST in a bid to match their own spending requirements. In a speech outlining the Coalition’s tax reform plans, Mr Hockey said there was now room for a sensible debate on tax reform. “Surely it is not beyond the capacity of us as a country to to have a sensible, mature debate about long-term tax reform more generally,” he said. Mr Hockey also announced plans to lower income and company taxes, as well as tax incentives to decrease welfare dependency.
7 charged in birthday party brawl
Six men and one woman have been charged with assault and affray after a brawl at a children’s play-centre in Sydney’s south-west last month. Three men were taken to hospital with injuries after the fight, which is believed to have began when a 48-year old man allegedly pulled a young girls hair. The individuals that were arrested are all believed to be from the same extended family and were all from one on side of the disagreement.
Thousands expected at service for Walsh
A private memorial service has been held for Adelaide Crows coach, Phil Walsh, at the Adelaide Oval. AFL players and media identities were to join some of Walsh’s family and friends at the 3pm service behind closed doors, which follows last Friday’s funeral. Walsh, 55, a former player as well as coach, was murdered by his 26-year-old son Cy on July 3. His wife Meredith and daughter Quinn were expected to attend the service, while Cy remains in a psychiatric facility awaiting a September court appearance. Up to 2,000 people were expected to attend the service. — Compiled from news sources by Benjamin Potter
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