Menu
News

GST hike weighs heavy on minds for families: survey

LOW to middle income families in NSW are overwhelmingly concerned about a potential increase to the GST, especially if it is applied to food.

A NSW Council of Social Service survey found 86% of families in the low to middle income bracket reported being either very concerned or quite concerned about a GST hike.

NCOSS chief John Mikelsons said Premier Mike Baird's push to increase the tax to 15% should only be used as a final resort.

"We know that it is essential that state governments can raise the revenue they need to pay for the services that everyone relies on," he said.

"We support sensible tax reform that secures the revenue our governments need to pay for these quality services.

"But at a time when almost one in 7 children in NSW are experiencing poverty, and low to middle income families are struggling to meet the rising cost of living, increases to regressive taxes like the GST are the last place we should look for revenue - not the first."

-APN NEWSDESK

Topics:  families gst money nsw politics tax



Regions declared big winners in SCU funding deal

ALL SMILES: Professor Shoemaker is thrilled by the deal struck with the Federal Government.

Funding deal puts Allied Health campus in Coffs back on track

Swimmer missing at Valla while others rescued along Coast

An IRB is searching the waters at Valla Beach for a missing swimmer.

Search for missing man caught in Valla rip will start again at 6am.

Axemen start season with bang in 9s

The Hoey Moey Tooheys Coffs Coast 9s final at Geoff King Motors Park was played between Group 2 rivals the Coffs Harbour Comets and the Orara Valley Axemen who won 12-10. Nines rugby league 17 February 2018 Photo: Brad Greenshields/Coffs Coast Advocate

Promised improvement more than just empty words after Coffs Coast 9s

Local Partners