Valley?s $4.9m Family Tax debt



FIGURES released by the Federal Opposition yesterday show that close to 4000 families in the Page and Cowper electorates owe the Federal Government Family Tax Benefit payments.

Leader of the Opposition in the Senate, Senator Chris Evans, said 1846 families in Luke Hartsuyker's Cowper electorate and 2125 in Ian Causley's Page electorate owed the Government money.

He said Cowper families owed $2,404,549, or an average of $1303 a family.

Families in Page owed $2,533,131, or an average of $1192 a family.

Senator Evans said the Government's 'out of touch' policies meant families in Page and Cowper were facing a continuing Family Tax Benefit nightmare.

"This will take food off the tables of struggling households," he said.

"The Howard Government has had four years to fix the system and it is still punishing families through no fault of their own.

"Labor is very concerned by the significant increase in the size of family payment debts and the failure of the current system to pay families their benefits on time.

"The $600 payment before the election has failed to fix the fundamental flaws in the Howard Government's family payments system, which leads to many families incurring debts year after year.

"These latest figures reinforce Labor's commitment to introduce a single family payment with a consistent income test for all Australian families who need government support."

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