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