Australian gov't releases more Henry tax review material

18:22, October 28, 2010      

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The Australian federal government on Thursday released the background documents to the Henry tax review, although not all background papers could be made public for legal reasons.

Wayne Swan said he hoped the release of additional information of Henry Tax Review, also named Australia's Future Tax System ( AFTS) Review, would "promote a constructive discussion in our community about tax reform".

"This government commissioned the most comprehensive review of tax in 25 years," Swan said in a statement released on Thursday.

"We've set out an ambitious reform program, and we look forward to ongoing debate about the best ways to harness tax reform to further broaden and strengthen our economy into the future."

The government in May has revealed 1,000 page final document of the review chaired by Treasury Secretary Ken Henry.

During the formation of a minority government, Prime Minister Julia Gillard promised the independents and Greens a tax summit by July next year.

"Release of this information will be an important contribution to the debate over tax reform in this country," Australian Greens Member of Parliament (MP) Adam Bandt told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

Source: Xinhua


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