Federal

May 22, 2018

Longman claims its first victim as Hanson backflips again on tax

Labor's campaign to savage One Nation for supporting Turnbull's company tax cuts has bore fruit with the Longman by-election (sort of) looming.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

The government is correct to hope that Pauline Hanson's backflip on her backflip on company tax cuts -- now opposed again, One Nation's original position -- won't be her last. Hanson's reversal isn't due to any ideological reason or based on evidence -- such as, for example, the fact that the Trump corporate tax cuts are flowing almost entirely into share buybacks and dividends -- but because of the looming by-elections, and particularly that in Longman.

Well, "looming" isn't really accurate, because the government is delaying holding them as long as politically possible, leaving voters in each of those seats, plus Tim Hammond's seat of Perth, without representation. But let's not worry about the political system adding still further to the sense of disempowerment within the electorate, that's neither here nor there. So not really looming. Underlooming, maybe.

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17 thoughts on “Longman claims its first victim as Hanson backflips again on tax

  1. gjb

    It astounds me that Turnbull still persists with his business tax cuts in their current form?.
    A alternative needs to be found that would exclude businesses from tax relief if they –
    1. design themselves so they DO NOT pay their full tax burden.
    2. have been found to act unethically- illegally towards their customers and shareholders.
    He must realise that this is going to get him out of office next election?

  2. electme

    Surely ‘has born’, Bernard, hmmm…?

    1. PaulM

      If you want to know, it should be “borne”, with an “e”

      1. electme

        ah-quite right. Thanks!

  3. CML

    Bernard…the trouble you say Labor is in because of the ongoing citizenship saga, doesn’t hold up. Labor have already said that they relied on expert constitutional law advice based on the 1992 Sykes v Cleary decision by the High Court…the precedent which has stood since that time, and has now been overturned by the current HC. Did you expect Shorten to have had a crystal ball or something???
    I have always thought that the LOTO was a smart political operator…do keep up!!
    As for Poorlean…does she know what day it is?… without someone ‘advising’ her??

  4. AR

    This bromance of BK’s “Mathias Cormann (another much-underrated politician)” is becoming demeaning – it is ages past just embarrassing.
    Isn’t the spear-carrying becoming burdensome yet?

    1. klewso

      Happy Daze.
      Cormann and the PHONs – remember that WA election tango with Cash, for Hanson’s hand-me-down preferences ….

  5. klewso

    Cormann in Senate Estimates today = “Wong channels Hanson”????
    He’s Lost in Space – half-way between the Robinson’s B9 and Get Smart’s Hymie – “Labor will rob us all! Labor!”

  6. Cameron

    As a Longmaman voter, you overlook the fact rgat THEN have yet to select or nominate a candidate. Why? Is ir internal faction disputes? Clearly the LNP is playing for time.

  7. Marcus Hicks

    Hanson really missed her calling as an Olympic Gymnast.

  8. Norm

    I don’t think I underrate Mathias Cormann. Is it actually possible?

  9. Strewth

    Gee, wouldn’t you hate to tell Senator Wong that the dog ate your homework.
    She wipes the floor with them every time.

  10. klewso

    Hanson and her woofle-dust policies.
    Quite prepared to “sell the family jewels” for a handful of “magic GM company tax cuts X wage increases” (Lady! Have I got a bridge for you.) : now Longman looms and she’s caught in a compromising position :-
    “No Officer. I wasn’t soliciting”?

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