DON’T BELIEVE THE HIKE: Treasurer Scott Morrison has played down talk of an increase in the GST.
DON’T BELIEVE THE HIKE: Treasurer Scott Morrison has played down talk of an increase in the GST. John Mccutcheon

GST rise talk won’t wash while pollies raking it in

THE majority of QT Facebook followers were against an increase in the GST when the question was put to them earlier this week.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is expected to start spruiking a GST hike well before the election if he can get the states onside.

Details have emerged of a plan to increase the tax from 10 to 15%.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has already indicated that he would not support any increase. Treasurer Scott Morrison said reports of the shifting GST were purely speculative as part of a wider conversation about tax reform.

Not surprisingly, many commenters, like Dean Stokes, thought it was time the pollies took a financial hit: "How about we just pay the politicians (State Local and Federal) 50% less? That would still be more than double a normal person earns."

Marilyn McNee reflected some of that sentiment in her post: "Don't they think us pensioners are already doing it hard enough? So many of us are already going without basic needs like food, medicines, and the everyday things so many take for granted. So Mr Turnbull please have some compassion for us who are suffering without your pay packet."

Greg Cubit said he would like to hear more detail: "You've got to laugh at the LNP; they continually get kicked out because they are so out of touch with the electorate. At the moment all that is being sold is a 5% increase in the GST. We've hardly heard a whisper about proposed income tax cuts that would need to be part of this reform."



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