Dis­may as Feds not for mov­ing

Tax­pay­ers hit hard by rise in levy

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

THE av­er­age work­ing fam­ily on $120,000 a year will lose an­other $600 when the Turn­bull Govern­ment jacks up the Medicare levy from 2019.

As La­bor weighs up sup­port­ing the tax in­crease, fig­ures show the rise in the levy from 2 to 2.5 per cent will cost a fam­ily on $200,000 an ex­tra $1000 a year.

The num­bers, which Trea­surer Scott Mor­ri­son’s of­fice had re­fused to pro­vide dur­ing Tues­day’s Bud­get lockup, show a low-in­come worker on $40,000 will pay $1000 un­der the re­vised levy, up from $800.

But Mr Mor­ri­son ar­gued yes­ter­day that Aus­tralians had “big hearts” and would hap­pily pay up to pro­vide fund­ing cer­tainty for the Na­tional Dis­abil­ity In­sur­ance Scheme. THE Fed­eral Govern­ment de­ci­sion to rule out re­lo­cat­ing the fed­eral tourism depart­ment to the Gold Coast has left coun­cil dis­ap­pointed.

Act­ing Mayor Donna Gates said the en­tire Fed­eral Bud­get lacked when it came to tourism but los­ing out on mov­ing the depart­ment to the Gold Coast was the big­gest blow.

Fed­eral Tourism Min­is­ter Steven Ciobo said the pro­posed move was too ex­pen­sive.

But coun­cil will con­tinue to press to get at least part of the tourism sec­tor based on the Gold Coast. “We will con­tinue to push for the re­lo­ca­tion for a fed­eral depart­ment into the CBD,” Cr Gates said.

“We re­ally want to push for ad­di­tional em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in the CBD.”

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