Change is Coming
Are the winds of change finally blowing our way? Alan Kohler dropped by for a visit, we've had two more top level government meetings, tax reform is part of the nation's daily conversation, Uber's been given a greenlight at the taxi industry's expense… It's been 124 years in the making but it finally feels like meaningful reform is a matter of when, rather than if.
You can bet rent-seekers like the property council will keep trying to get on the front foot – like with the ACIL Allen Consulting report. Its claims were swiftly dismissed as misinformation. Send them an email in protest at this cash-for-comments type report.
But then NSW Premier Mike Baird sideswipes the momentum with his push to increase the GST! The Premiers are meeting with Tony Abbott this very minute to discuss the future revenue raising plans with the 2018 state grant cutbacks from the Feds pressuring change. Send Daniel Andrews and Annastacia Palaszczuk a tweet, or call their offices opposing this.
If on twitter please send:
@DanielAndrewsMP stand firm – dont fold for an increase in #GST. Better alternatives address housing, intergen inequity, small biz #springst
Anything will help hold off this disastrous development for equity and opportunity. If these Premiers hold firm then the pressure will revert to Abbott. We have 2 days to make some noise!
We really need our supporters to get on board and help us keep the momentum up. Start by keeping an eye on the comments section of the news and help us defend against the misinformation the property lobby will be shouting out. Feedback from an SA government spokesman was that there wasn't enough public psupport to warrant the replacement of Stamp Duty by Land Taxes on the family home in the recent South Australian Tax Inquiry findings.
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