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Voters snub government’s GST hike: poll

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The Coaltion may be facing an uphill battle as voters turn against the government’s proposed consumer tax rate rise, the latest Newspoll shows.

The poll, published in The Australian, suggested that 54 per cent opposed a hike in the GST from 10 per cent to 15 per cent, which Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull recently confirmed was “on the table” as part of his government’s tax reform package.

Out of the 1837 voters, 37 per cent backed a GST increase while 9 per cent were uncommitted.

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On Friday, Mr Turnbull told reporters that GST changes were “certainly being actively considered by the government” and said the proposed plans was “a relatively efficient tax”.

He would not say how what the tax package would consist of, but it would be announced sometime after the May budget.

In the same poll, the Coalition’s primary support increased to 46 per cent, one point higher than the previous poll, while Labor also gained one point.

On a two-party preferred basis, the Coalition lead Labor 53 per cent to 47 per cent.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is still well out on front in terms of preferred PM, with 59 per cent of voters backing him in the role.

However, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten’s rating as preferred prime minister had risen six points to 20 per cent.

Last week, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill took a swipe at both his Federal Labor colleagues and the Coalition Government over the tax debate.

Mr Weatherill said he would be prepared to accept a higher GST as a trade-off for more health and education funding.

– with AAP

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