The State Liberals have today launched a campaign against Labor’s secret plan to increase the GST, which would smash SA households and businesses.
“South Australian voters need to cast their vote this week with their eyes wide open to Labor’s secret plan to increase the GST,” said Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas.
“Increasing taxes and introducing new taxes are in Labor’s DNA – Jay Weatherill and Tom Koutsantonis have never missed an opportunity to push for new and increased taxes in South Australia.
“Labor has made billions of dollars in reckless election promises and they will have to pay for them in some way.
“In 2015, Jay Weatherill first called for the GST to be increased by 50 per cent from 10 per cent to 15 per cent, which would put a wrecking ball through the South Australian economy and household budgets.
“Former Labor Senator Stephen Conroy said Jay Weatherill would lose the election if he campaigned on increasing the GST – and there’s the rub: Jay Weatherill is not campaigning on it, but I have no doubt he still has a plan to push for an increase to the GST.
Then-Senator Stephen Conroy on 1 February 2016: “If he is so convinced that this is the right solution — he is so convinced that increasing the GST is what he wants to fight an election on down the track, that he wants to be the father of the GST — well, then he should go to the South Australian people and hold an election and see what they think.”
“Mr Conroy was spot on. South Australians would utterly reject Jay Weatherill and Labor if they were open about their plan to increase the GST and that’s why they are not revealing their secret plan before the election,” said Mr Lucas.
“Jay Weatherill and Tom Koutsantonis have form with keeping secret their plans for new taxes and increased taxes before an election, only to then increase taxes and propose new taxes after an election.
“The evidence is there for all to see – Labor’s massive increases to the ESL tax, the punters tax, the foreign investor tax, and their proposed state bank tax and car park tax.
“Enough is enough. South Australians utterly reject Labor’s push for a massive increase in the GST to 15 per cent, and the only way to ensure Labor doesn’t further damage the SA economy is to chuck them out of office this Saturday.”