The government plans to take its tax package to the Senate before June 28 after One Nation leader Pauline Hanson flagged she might drop her opposition to the business tax cuts.
The vote before the parliament rises for the winter break on 28 June sets a deadline and potentially paves the way for an early election. If the Senate rejects it, the government could either drop the corporate tax plan or test it at the polls.
This will only add to the speculation that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had been planning to take Australia back to the polls before the end of the year.
Finance minister Mathias Cormann said the government was totally committed to the tax package: “This was a very important reform for Australia as we went to the last election in 2016, it is even more important and more urgent now,” Senator Cormann said.
Senator Hanson, who had announced her opposition to the corporate tax cuts last week, seems to have had a change of heart with the latest Newspoll showing 63 per cent of people either favour the government’s business tax cuts being put in place as soon as possible or over the next ten years as planned,
She was encouraging people yesterday to phone her office.
“I will listen to what the people are saying,” Senator Hanson old the Seven Network.
“People can ring my office and they can actually put their message across to me.”
Senator Hanson had already changed her mind four times on the issue.
The government will need the support from two Centre Alliance Senators Rex Patrick and Stirling Griff if she does change her mind again.