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VIDEO: Shorten discusses LNP GST hike with Rocky businesses

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten with Capricornia ALP candidate Leisa Neaton
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten with Capricornia ALP candidate Leisa Neaton Madeline McDonald

A $15 STEAK at a pub in the beef capital could jump by 75 cents under the Federal Government's planned GST hikes and it has left a sour taste in Bill Shorten's mouth.

It might not seem like a lot to fork out, but the Leader of the Opposition is expected to visit Rockhampton today, to show the community he would "fight the Liberals' 15% GST".

"We will fight this fight every day until we win," Mr Shorten said.

As part of his national tour covering the GST debate, Mr Shorten said a 15% hike would cost the average Queensland household an extra $6200 per annum.

The increase would cost low-income households, which make up 20% of the nation, 20% of their disposable income.

This is compared to 8.8% for households at the other end of the scale.

"Families in Rockhampton already struggling to make ends meet will be amongst the hardest hit by Malcolm Turnbull's plans for a 15% GST on everything," he said.

"Malcolm Turnbull and his Liberals are willing to let big multinational companies off the hook on paying their fair share of taxes but he's itching to put a 15 per cent GST on everything.

"It's a disgrace that Malcolm Turnbull won't visit Rockhampton to talk to people about his plans for GST on everything.

"If he was fair dinkum, he'd front up and level with the people of Rockhampton."

He said Labor was "completely opposed to the Liberals increasing the GST and its plans to cut penalty rates".

"Malcolm Turnbull and his Queensland Liberal MPs need to tell Australians the truth about their plans for a 15% GST," he said.

In his first press conference for the year last week, in a grocery store, Mr Shorten challenged the prime minister to a GST debate before parliament resumed on February 2.

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