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Bold push to waive quarterly payment

Dawson MP George Christensen said he would write to the Finance Department to look into waiving GSQ and BAS requirements for the Jan-March quarter.
Dawson MP George Christensen said he would write to the Finance Department to look into waiving GSQ and BAS requirements for the Jan-March quarter. MICK TSIKAS

A THREE-PRONGED approach has convinced Dawson MP George Christensen to lobby the federal government to offer tax relief to Whitsunday businesses.

Tourism Whitsundays and Proserpine and Whitsunday Coast Chambers of Commerce sent a letter to Mr Christensen seeking the cancellation of GST and BAS requirements for one quarter, post Cyclone Debbie.

Proserpine chamber secretary Karen Vloedmans said while some businesses may have had trouble accessing specific grants, this move would apply to all.

Mr Christensen said he would take the request to the Finance Department.

"We are in the process of writing to the Finance Minister to request that BAS and GST payments be waived for the January to March quarter, or if that is not able to be achieved then some other form of assistance to local business,” he said.

"While it's something I would support, I don't want to leave anyone with the illusion that this is something easily achieved.”

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