Federal Labor is turning the heat on the coalition government to split its planned income tax cat to help immediately stimulate a fluttering economy.
The government has repeatedly reconsidered the idea of splitting the tax costs bill that would see changes to 2022 and 2024, saying it was scheduled for the recent federal election, which now has a mandate to implement in full.
The total tax plan amounts to $ 158 billion, a figure the Baulkist opposition has given the precarious economic outlook.
But shadow treasurer Jim Cholmers has splashed the bill so that lower and medium earners can get relief immediately, seeing them spend more of their disposable income in the shops and getting business moving again.
"If the government has the right and responsible thing they would split the bill," Dr. Chalmers told reporters at Saturday on Saturday.
"It may be the parliament would happen the tax cuts unanimously."
He said it was "completely acceptable" for the government to try to secure a full-scale mandate when the stage does not come into play until 2024 and after the next election.
"The government is now pretending to be the stage three of the tax cats that would be in 2024, some plan to fix the slowdown in 2019," he said.
Dr. Chalmers said the government was "pig-headed" as usual and playing games with the economy.
"They are more interested in fighting with Labor than they are in relief in the hands of working people and flowing into an economy that needs it," he said.
The latest national accounts showed the economy slowed to a level not seen since the global financial crisis a decade ago, prompting the Reserve Bank to cut the cash rate to a record low of 1.25 per cent.
This week's monthly business survey by National Australia Bank said the retail sector is currently in recession, fueled by central bank expectations to lower interest rates.