A small, affluent group in Labor’s sights

The Coalition’s latest offerings to seniors may give it a leg up in the key New South Wales electorate of Macquarie, where voters angered by the PPL grab are overrepresented in swing booth areas.

The Coalition’s official campaign launch in Brisbane yesterday contained an important piece of back-pedalling by the Abbott team – a couple of sweeteners thrown in to calm the retirees angered by the paid-parental-leave tax grab on share dividend payments.

That was wise, as self-funded retirees are indeed angry that 1.5 cents in the dollar will clawed back to fund young parents through the Coalition’s levy/tax jiggery-pokery (Sneaking through a $1 billion tax hike, August 23).



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