News

Abolish fringe benefits tax, bring back long lunch: Palmer

PRIME ministerial aspirant Clive Palmer wants to see a return to the good old days of the long lunch, claiming it would give people a chance to "come up with ideas" about the country's future.

The Palmer United Party leader told reporters in Canberra he wanted to abolish the fringe benefits tax on business lunches, a measure introduced by the Hawke government in 1985, as well as reintroduce tax deductibility for such outings.

Mr Palmer said the introduction of the FBT killed the weekday lunch trade, adding the PUP policy would stimulate the restaurant industry, create jobs and get people out of their offices.

"For too long people have stayed ... rabbited in their offices not talking to each other about what can be done," Mr Palmer said.

"If we go back to our economy in the '70s and the '80s we see it was much more vibrant, there were more things happening.

"We want to encourage people to have more interaction, to come up with more ideas about where this country should go."

Mr Palmer said the policy had been costed but would not be drawn on the price tag.

PUP has also proposed slashing the tax rate on second jobs by 50%.

The mining billionaire, who will contest the Sunshine Coast seat of Fairfax on September 14, was in Canberra to meet with potential candidates.

Mr Palmer said the party would achieve its goal of having candidates in all 150 lower house electorates by the end of the month, even though it has announced candidates for just 40 seats.

Asked if his candidates would have enough time to raise their profiles, Mr Palmer said the party's ideas would be enough to get them across the line.

The party recently announced former rugby league great Glenn Lazarus would head up the party's Senate ticket in Queensland.

Topics:  clive palmer, editors picks, federal election 2013, palmer united party




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Back to the dogs backyard

VERSITILE: West End lock Shane Gibson will slot in at halfback for the second time this season when the Bulldogs host Swifts tonight.

West End’s spirits lift for home game

Raise a toast to confident youngsters

Mayor launches Toastmasters speech competition

Pedophile back before court for allegedly drinking alcohol

Brisbane Supreme District Court

Police claim breach of strict supervision order

Latest deals and offers

Armed Robbery North Booval

Jarrad Alexander Stanton Deane, 29, was jailed for seven years for more than 40...

Fatality Free Friday urges motorists to take the pledge

A 31-year-old man is due to front court in custody today charged with stealing five motorbikes from various locations in the past few months.

As part of Fatality Free Friday today, police are pleading with motorists to take...

Barnaby Joyce talks Johnny Depp's dogs in Tweed

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce talks about Johnny Depp's dogs Pistol and Boo...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked