QUESTIONS ON COUNCIL RATES
NOW it is clear that the Australian Constitution is being adhered to by confirming that a subject or citizen of a foreign power cannot sit in Parliament, isn't it time to address other issues?
In another section of the Constitution it clearly states that the state shall not, without the consent of Parliament, impose any tax on property.
Isn't the term 'rates' a complete misnomer? 'Tax’ is surely the correct terminology.
As I have mentioned before, John Howard, Peter Costello and Michael Carmody are quoted as saying – before the advent of the Goods and Services Tax – that “local council rates will attract no GST because council rates are a tax and we cannot tax a tax.”
Additional perusal of the Constitution affirms that “the Parliament of the states do not have the power of taxation, only the Federal Government can enforce taxation.”
Lastly, the Trades Practices Act of 1974 states that” “A corporation shall not use physical force or undue harassment or coercion with the supply or possible supply of goods or services to a consumer or the payment for goods and services by a consumer.”
Does this mean that council cannot force property owners to pay the ever-increasing local taxes? DAVID RUDMAN, Port Kennedy