MEDIA RELEASE: TELL TONY TO DUMP PAID PARENTAL LEAVE

Media Release
NATIONAL CAMPAIGN: TELL TONY TO DUMP PAID PARENTAL LEAVE


The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance, a 25,000 member strong nonpartisan grassroots activist group dedicated to fighting tax, regulation and waste, today announced a new campaign calling on Tony Abbott to dump his paid-parental leave scheme as Liberal backbencher Alex Hawke MP, Member for Mitchell, released an article in the IPA Review Magazine calling for the Coalition to abandon this policy.

 “Australia simply can’t afford another big-government program funded by tax hikes” said Tim Andrews, Executive Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance. “Tony Abbott’s Paid Parental Leave scheme will cost over $3billion a year - $3billion that our economy just can’t afford. Australia’s corporate tax rate is already one of the highest in the world – driving businesses offshore and killing jobs in Australia. As the rest of the world is slashing their corporate tax rate, Tony Abbott’s proposal to increase it is sheer policy madness”

“We commend Alex Hawke MP for his actions today calling for the Coalition to dump this dog of a policy, and hope his parliamentary colleagues take heed” continued Mr Andrews.

The Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance today launched a social media campaign aimed at Liberal supporters online, as well as a new contact portal at www.taxpayers.org.au for people to contact Coalition MP’s and Senators demanding this policy be dumped.

“The Howard government did many good things, but one of their biggest failings was the huge increase in middle class welfare. That has to stop” said John Humphreys, Deputy Director of the Australian Taxpayers’ Alliance.  “Sadly, with his proposed paid parental leave scheme Abbott is only adding to the problem, and continuing the bipartisan policy of never-ending spending. Even worse, he wants to fund his new middle-class welfare with another tax increase. We have had enough tax increases and if a future Abbott government really wanted to help our economy they should be looking for ways to cut taxes, not increase them further.

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