Cut the GST
ECONOMIC management has been discussed quite a lot lately, with elections coming up and debate on the performance of LNP federal and state governments. The business community has been raising the issue of including overseas online purchases being levied the GST to put them on the same footing of Australian companies. Folks, I have a far better idea. Let’s just get rid of the GST altogether. Until it was introduced by the former Howard government, Australia did not have a GST. Ever since it has been brought in, it has proven to be a costly burden on all Australian residents. It also created a red-tape nightmare and has made it harder to live for everyone, from pensioners and unemployed to people running businesses. When it was brought in, we were promised that other taxes would drop to compensate and that it would not make any difference to the cost of living. All of that has proven to be a lot of nonsense as other taxes have not dropped and the cost of living has gone through the roof. Governments promise too much prior to elections and unnecessary spending should be cut out, and have Australia live within its means. Let’s do away with all these big plans for a big Australia. We can live without the highways being dual carriageway from Cairns to Melbourne via Sydney. We can also live without baby bonuses, paid parental leave and housing grants. Folks, taxes were low in this country once, yet we had railways everywhere, postage, power etc was cheap. Now, tax is killing everything, power is dear and getting worse and there is a plan to double postage costs.
MELVYN CHALMERS South Kolan