martes, 5 de noviembre de 2013 - 4 de Noviembre 2013 - Australia

Hospital grab for tobacco excise hike

A PROPOSED increase in tobacco excise is set to spark the first health stoush between the Abbott government and the states, with Victoria demanding the revenue be used to return $1.4 billion in public hospital funding stripped by the former Gillard government.

As federal cabinet yesterday met to discuss a range of matters, including whether the excise changes proposed by Labor should be implemented, it emerged the Napthine government had already prepared a case to collect all or at least part of the extra tax that would be collected from smokers.

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