Glass raised to tax re­bate

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Times New - Pierra Wil­lix

Wines of Western Aus­tralia chair­man Red­mond Sweeny says the or­gan­i­sa­tion is pleased the in­tegrity of the Wine Equal­i­sa­tion Tax re­bate has been ad­dressed and im­proved on.

“The Aus­tralian Wine in­dus­try asked the Govern­ment to re­store the in­tent of the re­bate,” he said.

The Snake and Her­ring co-owner also said the orig­i­nal an­nounce- ment by the Coali­tion Govern­ment in the 2016 Bud­get would have had a desta­bil­is­ing ef­fect on the WA wine in­dus­try as the orig­i­nal an­nounce­ments had a dis­pro­por­tional im­pact on our State.

“When it was first an­nounced… those con­di­tions would have been quite dev­as­tat­ing for wine pro­duc­ers,” he said.

“As a State, we fought tooth and nail to re­fo­cus the re­bate; we wanted it re­fo­cused not cut but the re­duc­tion in the re­bate cap we saw as un­nec­es­sary.”

Mr Sweeny said ap­proval of a cel­lar door re­bate as part of a re­fo­cused re­bate was a suc­cess that came out of dis­cus­sions with Se­na­tor Anne Rus­ton and with as­sis­tance from lo­cal mem­ber Nola Marino and WA Se­na­tors Mat­tias Cor­mann and Dean Smith.

How­ever, Mr Sweeny said once the changes were im­ple­mented, it would be es­sen­tial to see how they were work­ing in prac­tice.

“I think the next step is to un­der­stand how dif­fer­ing wine tax­a­tion poli­cies af­fects our lo­cal econ­omy,” he said.

“We need to be work­ing on un­der­stand­ing the eco­nomic im­pact of tax­a­tion changes on re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.”

Mar­garet River Wine As­so­ci­a­tion re­ferred Times queries to Wines of WA.

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