GST HIKE IS NO SOLUTION
The announcement that the Federal Coalition (LNP) Government is about to hike up the goods and services tax (gst) to 15 per cent is another slap in the face to middle and low income earners by this harsh LNP Government.
Rather than turn things around as promised the new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is simply turning into a wolf in sheep’s clothing and leaving all of Tony Abbott’s policies intact but talking more softly than the cruder Tony Abbott.
The GST was introduced by the Coalition and they will be managing over its first increase when in fact they should be reviewing the taxation system as a whole and closing the loop holes as to how big business and overseas companies get away with paying minimal tax. That is the real challenge to the Federal Government.
Increasing the GST will be particularly
bad for tourist areas such as Port Douglas and Far North Queensland because it hammers the average income of Australians and their capacity to holiday. Alternative international destinations which don’t hike up costs because of a GST become more popular.
Rather than worry about Billy Gordon’s private issues the Coalition would be better served to focus on the matters they have control over. Let’s fight the hike to the GST.
Allan Hollway, Craiglie
I would like to highlight to your readers that 993 people have drowned in a river, creek or stream in the past 13 years. This makes rivers the leading location for drowning in Australia.
All types of people are drowning in rivers from young children to the elderly. What is most alarming is that almost three quarters of people who drowned in rivers, were close to their home and a majority were male.
So why are so many drowning in our local rivers?
The flat, still surface of a river, gives a false sense of security. You can’t see ice cold water, snags like tree branches or strong currents but they can be lethal.
Dangerous activities such as consuming alcohol, driving through floodwaters and not wearing a lifejacket are also adding to the alarming figures.
To lose a loved one so close to home when it could have been prevented is heartbreaking. People need to act responsibly around rivers and avoid any behaviour that may increase the risk of drowning.
Royal Life Saving Society – Australia has launched a campaign to save lives on Australian rivers and is asking when enjoying our rivers to please remember
more information readers can go to www.royallifesaving.com.au/ respecttheriver