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13 August 1998 TRANSCRIPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER THE HON JOHN HOWARD MP DOORSTOP INTERVIEW PARLIAMENT HOUSE

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Howard, John

Period of Service: 11/03/1996 to 03/12/2007

More information about Howard, John on The National Archive website.

Release Date: 13/08/1998

Release Type: Interview

Transcript ID: 10639

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JOURNALIST:

The tax package, is it an election winner?

PRIME MINISTER:

The tax plan is good for Australia. That's our goal, to give

Australia a stronger, more secure, more optimistic move into the

21st Century. This is generational tax reform. It will

boost the growth and the strength of the Australian economy. It

will generate more jobs. It will historically reform Commonwealth/State

financial relations. And it will be widely applauded by fair-minded

Australians. It is, above all, a great investment of faith and hope

in the future of our country.

JOURNALIST:

And were you buoyed by the response yesterday by your backbench?

PRIME MINISTER:

The backbench was very strongly in favour of the plan. They see

that it represents a powerful and unambiguous vision about the future

economic direction of Australia.

JOURNALIST:

What about people like Bob Katter?

PRIME MINISTER:

Everybody will love this plan.

JOURNALIST:

He says that the Party Room was only shown half of the plan.

PRIME MINISTER:

Look, I don't comment on comments.

JOURNALIST:

What do you think the public reaction will be like later in the

day, Prime Minister?

PRIME MINISTER:

I'm very optimistic because it is a comprehensive plan. It's

not a grab bag of isolated tax changes. It is a coherent, integrated

plan which looks to the future. It is, above everything else, good

for Australia's future. Australians are altruistic, fair-minded,

decent people. If they see that something is good for their country

and that it is fair to the underprivileged in the community, they'll

back it. And on both of those tests, this plan will pass with flying

colours.

JOURNALIST:

So how important a day is today for your Government?

PRIME MINISTER:

Well, it's a very important day for Australia. This is a national

interest issue. This is about Australia's future.

JOURNALIST:

Will provisional taxpayers be happy?

PRIME MINISTER:

There are lots of things, some you've not dreamt of.

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