Labor faces claims of hiding policies


The government has accused Labor of covering its tracks after detailed policy documents on key elements of its tax reforms were removed from its website and replaced with simplified fact sheets.

The Australian reported on Wednesday Labor previously had almost 100 paragraphs posted on its housing policy, including charts and diagrams explaining the negative gearing and capital gains changes.

Bill Shorten campaigning in South Australia.
Bill Shorten campaigning in South Australia. (AAP)

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s office described the overhaul of Labor’s policy pages as being part of a total website update.

But Treasurer Josh Frydenberg seized on the change to attack Labor on its policies.

“Not only has (Labor Treasury spokesman) Chris Bowen been exposed for using inaccurate figures to justify his housing tax, he has now been caught out trying to cover his tracks,” he told The Australian.

Labor said they are waiting on new numbers from the parliamentary budget office, Nine News Finance Editor Ross Greenwood said.

“This is where they’ve got themselves into some strife it seems because, when they originally costed this out, the numbers are a bit hazy,” Greenwood said.

“There was originally 100 paragraphs on their website explaining all of this and the costings and to their credit they have done that. But now there’s only six paragraphs out there.”

© AAP 2019



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