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Don’t our taxes pay for grass?

By nanzan 28 October 2010 21

It has bugged me for such a long time now that the “lawn” area in front of 2 Constitution Avenue, Canberra (aka Australian Taxation Office HQ) has looked so appallingly bad.

This is surely one of Canberra’s premier addresses. It is the home of one of the Australian Government’s most important agencies. It is opposite the complex housing the Australian Capital Territory Public Service, and just around the bend from the ACT Legislative Assembly. And yet, the garden area between the front of the building and the street has looked unloved and unkempt for years now. The appearance of the area is nothing short of a disgrace, in fact.

Does the ATO not have control over their “nature strip”? (Does the ATO not have enough money?!) Is it the NCA’s domain? Or does it fall within the remit of TAMS? Whichever way you look at it, though, it is a terrible indictment on those who are tasked with the important responsibility of caring for our central urban areas.

[ED – Let it be noted that the ATO no longer occupies that building and Climate Change are responsible]

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astrojax 12:11 pm 29 Oct 10

CraigT said :

Rosscoact reckons we pay for our grass with after-tax income and that this refutes the idea that grass is tax-free.

If I had a cash-in-hand job and paid for my grass with that money then my grass would indeed by tax-free.

but that’s illegal! 😉

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