No to GST hike

Isis Town and Country - - Opinion -

HOW per­fid­i­ous can politi­cians be? John Howard and his gov­ern­ment promised, writ­ten in blood, the GST would never rise above 10%. As Se­na­tor Mac­don­ald said re­cently: “From the Prime Min­is­ter down, we all com­mit­ted our prom­ise to blood and said that it (the GST) would never in­crease be­yond 10%. We com­mit­ted in re­sponse to spe­cific al­le­ga­tions at the time that this was just the first step.” In­stead, he pro­posed a re­moval of ex­emp­tions, thus broad­en­ing the tax “…to al­low the states to re­duce some of the state taxes and charges which were part of the orig­i­nal deal.” Gimme a break! No mat­ter how much the GST is in­creased and widened, even if the GST trans-sub­stan­ti­ated, there will be no re­duc­tion in state taxes. And the con­cept of com­pen­sa­tion for low in­comes is an ex­er­cise in tem­po­rary churn­ing grad­u­ally ex­punged over time.

Di­eter Moeckel, Won­bah

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