The Guardian June 16, 1999


Rally and march against the GST!

This may be your last chance to stop the GST

* The claim that everyone will be better off under the GST is a lie. 
The GST shifts the tax burden onto low and middle income earners. It is 
regressive.

* The GST cannot be made "fair". It is intrinsically unfair. It must be 
rejected outright.

* Exemptions on food, compensation, income tax cuts are NOT permanent. The 
only thing that would be here to stay is the GST.

* The rate of the GST will go up. It did overseas. Denmark introduced a GST 
at 10 per cent, now it is 25 per cent! On average, GST rates around the 
world have increased by 42 per cent.

* You will pay a lot more than 10 per cent. Businesses will pass on to 
consumers all additional "compliance" costs associated with preparing for 
the GST and the ongoing policing of it. The extra costs are estimated to be 
billions and billions of dollars.

* All goods will go up in price, even GST-exempt food items as businesses 
raise the price of all goods, to pass on "compliance" costs.

* Non-GST price rises. Businesses will be able to cloak price rises under 
the "umbrella" of the 2000 Olympics, the millennium bug or general 
compliance costs.

* Self-regulation of GST. Individual companies and industry associations 
will be allowed to monitor their own price levels and profit margins. 
Transparency will be lost and businesses will be able to rort the system.

* The confusion over food exemptions will give the Government an excuse to 
include all food in the GST at some future point.

Join the protests in your State

ACT NOW TO STOP THIS UNFAIR TAX.

FLOOD THE OFFICES OF THE DEMOCRATS WITH FAXES AND PHONE CALLS.

SUPPORT NATASHA STOTT DESPOJA'S DECISION TO OPPOSE THE TAX.

Meg Lees: Phone (08) 8295 8911 (Adelaide) or Canberra (02) 6277 3991  
Fax (08) 8295 8986.  Email: senator.lees@aph.gov.au

Lyn Allison: Phone (03) 9416 1880 Fax: (03) 9417 1690

Vicki Bourne: Phone: (02) 9247 3377  Fax: 9247 9681

Andrew Murray: Phone: (08) 9481 1455  Fax: (08) 9481 1679

Natasha Stott Despoja: Phone (08) 8232 7595 Fax: (08) 8232 7601

John Woodley: Phone (07) 3252 9129  Fax: (07) 3252 9851

Andrew Bartlett: Phone: (07) 3252 7101   Fax: (07) 3252 8957

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