Catholic social justice agencies have welcomed Senator Brian Harradine's refusal to support the government's tax reforms, but warn that the issue is far from closed.
    While conceding Senator Harradine's move allows a temporary reprieve from the GST, they say the government will pressure the opposition and minor parties to pass revamped legislation when the new senate convenes in July.
    Spokesperson for the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council Dr Tim Battin told the Catholic Weekly that Senator Harradine's decision was "consistent with Catholic social justice teaching about the fairness nad unfairness of social taxes," but did not mean an end to the issue.
    "A lot of pressure will be put on the Democrats, the Greens and the Opposition over the next few weeks," he said.

12:26pm 19/5/99 / Catholic Weekly


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