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Quarantining tax cuts irresponsible - Greens

"Locking in $31 Billion in tax cuts while cutting back on government services is both economically and socially irresponsible," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"When John Howard announced these tax cuts the big news was that it failed to produce even a blip in the polls, and the Australian public said very clearly that they'd rather see spending to improve services such as health and education."

"This is neither good economic management nor smart social policy," she said.

"These tax cuts will have an inflationary effect on the economy and it is very clear that Australians would prefer decent services," said Senator Siewert.

"There is no need for the new Rudd government to feel compelled to deliver on this piece of 'me-too'-ism - particularly if it comes at the expense of its ability to deliver on its promises on education, health and housing," concluded Senator Siewert.

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