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Senior public servants were working on plans to dump the Stage Three tax cuts even as Anthony Albanese told Aussies he had 'no plans' to change them.
The Prime Minister and Treasurer Jim Chalmers repeatedly said there would be no changes to the tax cuts originally legislated by the previous Coalition government - right up until the point that they announced drastic changes in January.
More than 11.5million taxpayers are expected to be better off under Labor's changes, but an estimated 1.1million people earning more than $150,000 will receive only half the tax cut they would have got if the Coalition was still in power.
Liberal Senator Jane Hume asked the Treasury and Finance officials: 'How many Australians are going to pay more tax because of this decision?'
Senior public servants were working on the Government's 'broken promise' Stage Three tax cuts in December, even as Anthony Albanese (pictured with his partner Jodie Haydone) said he had 'no plans' to make any changes
The officials said they would have to take the question on notice, meaning they would answer it later, most likely in a written reply.
Ms Hume was not happy, demanding to be told: 'How can you not know how many more people are going to pay more tax over the medium term in which the government is going to rake in an additional $28billion?'
She put it to the public servants that 'when the Prime Minister said on the 21st of December, "we are not reconsidering our position" you actually were reconsidering.'
But they said they had not been 'complicit in a lie' in doing so.
Anna Harmer from the Department of Finance said it wasn't clear until January that the government was about to make changes to the Stage Three tax cuts.
Despite having broken repeated promises to proceed with the Coalition version of the tax changes, Mr Albanese insisted on Sunday that he was not being deceptive.
'I'm an honest person. I am upfront,' he told the ABC's Insiders program.
'What I have done here is be very, very clear. And I've listened to people who are all saying to me, "Well, what are you doing about cost of living? What are the measures that you can put in place?"'
Around 85 per cent of taxpayers who earn between $50,000 and $130,000 will get $804 more than what had previously been promised.
Those with most to lose if