December 16th 2000

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CANBERRA OBSERVED: Queensland Labor sinks in electoral rorts

POINT OF VIEW: A Christmas reflection

QUARANTINE: AQIS caught out in apple documents

WA POLITICS: WA election - can the Court Government survive?

VICTORIA: Bracks' fading honeymoon with voters?

SNOWY RIVER SCHEME: Snowy River diversion - Governments' hidden agenda

A History of North Melbourne C.B.C. Released

AGRICULTURE: Imports threaten $55 billion agricultural market

Letter: Medicare

CULTURE: Where to now in the Culture Wars?

Straws in the Wind

COMMENT: Mission possible? Restoring the Lucky Country

EUTHANASIA: Holland's death wish


Japan outlaws human reproductive cloning

Letter: The banks

Letter: The 'Reith Affair'

Letter: 1900 telephone sex lines

Letter: GST propaganda bill

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Letter: GST propaganda bill

by Frank Bellet

News Weekly, December 16, 2000


The revelation that the GST propaganda bill will reach $616 million by June next year puts paid to the shallow claim, oft' quoted by the Treasurer, that they were simplifying the tax system.

Mr Costello wouldn't know any more than the Canberra boffin who recently claimed that filling out the Business Activity Statement (BAS) was no more difficult than programming a video recorder.

A friend, who runs an electrical goods store, told me recently that over 90 per cent of VCR owners are unable to programme them in advance.

Frank Bellet
Petrie, Qld

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