Hockey for online GST

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

ONLINE shop­pers will be slugged GST on prod­ucts un­der $ 1000 for the first time un­der a rein­vented Ab­bott Gov­ern­ment drive to boost rev­enue.

It is un­der­stood Trea­surer Joe Hockey is “en­thu­si­as­ti­cally’’ im­ple­ment­ing a plan to ex­tend the GST to im­ported goods un­der $ 1000.

The plan was pre­vi­ously dis­missed by the states af­ter it was re­vealed it would cost too much to ad­min­is­ter.

News Corp has been told that while Western Aus­tralia was the strong­est pro­po­nent, its po­si­tion has now soft­ened af­ter it re­ceived $ 500 mil­lion more this year in fed­eral fund­ing for roads.

In the past few days, Mr Hockey has been ramp­ing up his rhetoric about the need to tar­get online shop­ping.

The Gov­ern­ment also be­lieves the change could give another boost to small busi­ness.

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