Finance minister Mathias Cormann has threatened the opposition parties that if they continue to block key budget measures — such as the demolition of universal health care and welfare, the deregulation of university fees, and the hike in the interest rate on student HECS debts — then the government would be forced to look at raising taxes.
On the surface it is a ridiculous threat. If the opposition parties have the numbers to block these nasty measures in the Senate then they also have the numbers to block any tax rises. However, the political logic of making this threat is to reinforce the neoliberal posture that lower taxes are innately a good thing.
But Cormann's tax threat was “brave” because today only a small number of people buy this lie.
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