-- Communications Minister Senator Richard Alston has denied a 10 per cent GST would hamper adoption of the information economy, insisting cuts in personal income tax would make up for increased service charges.
"To the extent that there is a marginal difference made by the increase of prices on key services, that is not going to fundamentally alter the demand for these services . . . And of course, the very significant personal income tax cuts that will be available for individuals will give them the capacity to tap into these new technologies," he said.
Alston was speaking at the announcement of a series of high-level summits on the benefits, challenges and opportunities to be offered by the information economy to be held in regional Australia in coming months.
He was also launching "Towards an Australian Strategy for the Information Economy", a preliminary statement of the government's policy approach which recaps government policy announcements but contains no new initiatives. It is available online at http://www.noie.gov.au