Tax re­form

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

ONCE again the topic of tax re­form has cropped up. Once again, the ex­perts are go­ing to put their views onto the long-suf­fer­ing Aus­tralian pub­lic that they have the an­swers. The one be­ing pushed is an in­crease of the GST to 15%. The gov­ern­ment claims that in­creas­ing gov­ern­ment rev­enue is nec­es­sary to bal­ance the books and to stim­u­late the econ­omy. How in­creas­ing the tax bur­den is sup­posed to be good for busi­ness is a com­plete mys­tery. Apart from the fact that taxes like the GST, car­bon taxes etc are a heavy bur­den on pen­sion­ers and low-in­come earn­ers in gen­eral, it also means that there is less money to spend in the shops and busi­nesses. Busi­nesses then lose out on trade and the only win­ner is the gov­ern­ment. It’s high time to put a stop to all this non­sense. Aus­tralia is up there as be­ing one of the most ex­pen­sive coun­tries in the world to live in now. Hous­ing, es­pe­cially in Syd­ney, is un­af­ford­able for the aver­age per­son. Add to that health care, elec­tric­ity, trans­port, in­sur­ance, phone bills, coun­cil rates etc and on the tax­a­tion front, in­come taxes are a heavy bur­den, and are made worse by pro­vi­sional tax. It’s a dis­grace­ful sit­u­a­tion where many peo­ple are now be­ing forced to ei­ther bor­row money to cover bills or they have to ap­proach a char­ity for help. Other peo­ple have the power dis­con­nected be­cause they can no longer pay the bill. Aus­tralia is be­com­ing a Third World coun­try. In­stead of in­creas­ing taxes, govern­ments should live within their means, cover the ba­sics like postal, po­lice, health, ed­u­ca­tion, roads and rail, pub­lic trans­port, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, de­fence etc, and for­get the big ideas like dou­bling Aus­tralia’s pop­u­la­tion and the north­ern Aus­tralia min­ing and agriculture plans.

M Chalmers, South Kolan

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