CATHY McGOWAN: "Rich can pay more"

Member for Indi Cathy McGowan wants the proposed deficit levy on those earning more that $180,000 extended for four years. Picture: FAIRFAX

Member for Indi Cathy McGowan wants the proposed deficit levy on those earning more that $180,000 extended for four years. Picture: FAIRFAX

THE member for Indi, Cathy McGowan wants the proposed deficit levy on those earning more that $180,000 extended for four years until 2020-21.

Ms McGowan said she had spent two weeks listening to hundreds of constituents as part of her budget impact tour of the electorate.

“This amendment is the first of several actions I will take in Parliament as a result of the Indi tour,” she said.

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Ms McGowan said she believed the budget burden fell too heavily on low and middle-income earners.

She said from 2017 the biggest impact would be on average wage-earners while those on more than $180,000 would no longer be contribute to reducing the deficit.

“If the government truly believes, as many of my constituents do, that government debt and deficit in Australia is so serious, they should support this amendment to spread the debt and deficit burden more fairly among all Australians,” she said.

The other Independent in the house, the member for Dennison, Andrew Wilkie, seconded the amendment.

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