Don’t mention the tax. And some people wonder why the public esteem of politicians is low and getting lower. Now comes a rare bit of truth telling by independent MP Rob Oakeshott to send it tumbling further. “Senior representatives” from both sides of politics, Oakeshott tells the ABC this morning, have contacted him and expressed a willingness to reconsider the GST. It’s just that they don’t want to talk about it until after the next election.
“Why should an election get in the way of this conversation that has to happen, is going to happen, and there seems to be this risk averse nature of the political parties prior to the election,” Oakeshott told ABC Radio National.