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‘Go to work tax’ Public Servants rage against paid parking [WITH POLL]

By Barcham - 27 June 2013 79

Paid parking int he parliamentary triangle is a bit of a hot issue for a lot of Canberrans. Particularly those who work there.

ABC News are reporting that the NCA have received 70 formal submissions from public servants who are against the idea.

Dozens of Canberra residents have slammed a decision to introduce paid parking near the Parliamentary Triangle, labelling it a “go to work tax”.

The Federal Government is introducing paid parking on national land at Acton, Barton, Parkes and Russell from July next year.

It is expected to cost carpark users about $11 per day.

While I would hate to have to pay to park my car outside my place of work, plenty of people already do exactly every day. Many of those people do not make anywhere near as much as most public servants do.

However just because others have to do it doesn’t automatically make it okay.

Also one must always remember that there are alternatives to parking at work (bikes/buses/carpooling/etc) so calling it a “go to work tax” seems a little extreme.

Anyway enough musings from a bike-riding/license-less/lives-a-walkable-distance-from-all-his-jobs_so-what-would-I-know guy like me, what do you think Rioters?

Should there be paid parking in the parliamentary triangle?

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‘Go to work tax’ Public Servants rage against paid parking [WITH POLL]
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Mickeyau 11:24 am
27 Jun 13
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I don’t understand why a minority of Canberrans believe they are entitled to free parking within the Parliamentary triangle. If the rest of the Canberra workforce is expected to pay for parking then it should be expected that all Canberrans pay for parking. If those who work for a government department still believe that they are entitled to free parking then they should be paying fringe benefit taxes instead. Just because you work for a government department doesn’t mean you are entitled!!

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p1 11:42 am
27 Jun 13
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I go out of my way to avoid paying parking – car pool, park in nearby suburbs and ride the pushy the last kms, ride the motorcycle, etc. Pretty much anything except the bus.

I feel their pain though. I have felt progressively sadder and sadder as the cost of Woden parking has increased by about $1 per year over the last four or so years. I imagine going straight from zero to $11 is pretty hard to swallow.

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Grail 11:53 am
27 Jun 13
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Other options include departments moving their offices to Belconnen, Woden, Tuggeranong where there is cheaper parking.

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bd84 12:27 pm
27 Jun 13
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The majority of us already fork out money each day to pay for parking and there’s no logical reason for workers in the triangle not to. The “lack of services” argument is a load of bullshit. Going shopping isn’t a service normally needed during the day, most people rarely visit a bank or post office these days and there’s no guarantee your bank will even have a branch near your work anyway.

Almost all of these services are now offered to some extent after business hours, or if not, do what other people do (even those in paid parking locations) and leave work early one day to attend to your business.

The argument against paid parking is no different to the one against paying for plastic bags where the only apparent argument against both is an apparent belief that “it’s my god given right to get it for free and I don’t want to pay”. Accept it and move on with your life.

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DrKoresh 12:33 pm
27 Jun 13
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It’s not hard to get a bus that will go past or through the triangle, so if you really can’t spare 11 dollars you should catch one. You big, whinging babies

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davo101 1:05 pm
27 Jun 13
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Grail said :

Other options include departments moving their offices to Belconnen, Woden, Tuggeranong where there is cheaper parking.

Or Cairns, Townsville and Karratha.

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MrBigEars 1:17 pm
27 Jun 13
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davo101 said :

Or Cairns, Townsville and Karratha.

If you think the cost of housing in Canberra is a bit steep, wait till we all move to Karratha.
http://www.realestate.com.au/rent/in-karratha+-+greater+region%2c+wa/list-1?activeSort=price-desc&source=refinements

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54-11 1:18 pm
27 Jun 13
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I hope they include Federation Mall in the pay parking plan, so tourists and visitors to Parliament House can get a park. At the moment, these parks are almost fully used by public servants, which negates the whole purpose of having public parking around Parliament House.

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davo101 1:45 pm
27 Jun 13
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MrBigEars said :

If you think the cost of housing in Canberra is a bit steep, wait till we all move to Karratha.

But think of all the money you’ll be saving with the free parking.

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Roundhead89 1:46 pm
27 Jun 13
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“Your dream world is just about to end…”

Midnight Oil, 1989.

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switch 2:10 pm
27 Jun 13
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Roundhead89 said :

“Your dream world is just about to end…”

Midnight Oil, 1989.

Peter would know about dream worlds ending after last night.

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davo101 2:41 pm
27 Jun 13
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switch said :

Peter would know about dream worlds ending after last night.

I would have guessed it to have been much, much earlier in his parliamentary career.

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Rollersk8r 2:48 pm
27 Jun 13
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I don’t have a strong opinion but calling it a tax means you accept you’re currently receiving compensation for working in a slightly inconvenient location.

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beardedclam 3:02 pm
27 Jun 13
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1. Pay it
2. Bus it from home
3. Cycle
4. Carpool
5. Park n ride
6. Walk
7. Motorcycle

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Aeek 3:04 pm
27 Jun 13
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p1 said :

I have felt progressively sadder and sadder as the cost of Woden parking has increased by about $1 per year over the last four or so years.

I’m loving it. Each year its gotten easier to get a park in Woden on days I drive.

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