alternately smug and surly Treasurer dumped the Dick Warburton/Peter Hendy tax
at a lengthy press conference in Canberra yesterday.

“Australia has the eighth lowest tax burden of
the 30 OECD countries,” he boasted. It also has
a government that has increased its total tax take – completely contrary to its
own fundamental philosophical principles.

It has a
government that keeps a tax system that punishes some of the worst off when
they make that extra effort – contrary to social justice and, again, completely
contradicting the values it supposedly espouses. And it has
a government that uses this bloated, unfair tax take to bribe pet interest

didn’t really sound as if he was enjoying himself yesterday. No wonder.
He’s accomplice to an almighty fraud.