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Utilities tax passed

By Kerces - 14 December 2006 18

The Legislative Assembly today passed the utilities tax they proposed in the June budget.

This means from January 1 they will charge the various utilities for the land their infrastructure uses, which is supposed to net the government some millions of dollars.

The government told the utilities at the time not to worry about it because they can just past the cost onto consumers.

A Telstra spokesman said the company is going to do exactly this. He said the cost to the average household could be as much as and extra $36 on their phone bills each year.

If you want a laugh, have a read of Jon Stanhope’s old press releases on the topic.

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18 Responses to
Utilities tax passed
Thumper 10:56 am 15 Dec 06

dispense with frivolous shite like the chief ministers performance/award/dick holding prize etc etc

Straight to the pool room!

morgan 10:51 am 15 Dec 06

if he is keen to raise more revenue, why not sack some more public servants and dispense with frivolous shite like the chief ministers performance/award/dick holding prize etc etc

…useless c*nts!

youshould_knowthis 10:21 am 15 Dec 06

Im sure the Budget papers have something in them about “benchmarking” our taxes against other states (it might be against NSW), with the point being to show how its no worse here than there.

But I don’t see how that could be anymore – with the rates increase, the utilities tax etc. Im pretty sure green slips here cost more than in metro sydney as well

Does anyone know how our tax levels stack up now against other areas / states?

I imagine if we come out worse, that comparison won’t be in next years budget papers……..

Ralph 9:25 am 15 Dec 06

This opportunistic tax opitimises the staggering incompotence of the ACT Government. Given that the ACT Gov’t owns the electricity and water infrastructure, this is essentially a tax on telecommunication services, which will be passed directly on to ACT businesses and consumers. So much for being the ‘knowledge capital’.

Maelinar 9:11 am 15 Dec 06

Gardens and Legal Costs, and Statues to oblique causes.

Just like the rest…

che 9:06 am 15 Dec 06

so what is he going to spend the extra money on?
I bet its none of the following:
schools
SES/Rural Firies
water conservation/management
health/hospitals
more police
dragway
prison

so whats it going to be?

Mr Evil 9:01 am 15 Dec 06

How about Stahope and Co pay the ACT a special tax for every hare-brained scheme, media release or idea that they come up with?

Should net the ACT about $100 billion in the first 6 months, I reckon.

shauno 8:46 am 15 Dec 06

“Thumper” go for it mate if your job allows. I only come back because of family and my mum isn’t to well.
Although its not as bad for me because I’m away so much.

I see Stanhope is gloating about how good the economy is if thats the case why is his budget so fucked up. And why the hell do we need all these bloody taxes.

How about this for an idea Stanhope cut taxes across the board and make the ACT extremely attractive to business and investment. Massively cut back the size of you government so its more like a local Sydney council.

Thumper 8:21 am 15 Dec 06

I’m seriously thinking of moving from Canberra. Which is a pity because I really like the place.

Maelinar 8:15 am 15 Dec 06

That’s Mr. Fuckwit with a Majority Government to us Thumper 🙁

Thumper 8:13 am 15 Dec 06

Fuck, maybe we should just have our pay directly transferred to the ACT government.

They seem to be getting most of it anyway.

Stanhope, without doubt, is a fuckwit.

Maelinar 8:11 am 15 Dec 06

umm, nothing ?

I love Stanhopeless, I am going to steal that one.

diprotodon 6:52 am 15 Dec 06

Stanhopeless can’t manage the cash that presently has got, pissing it all up the wall, and nobody knows onto what exactly – except a statue of Al Grassby. What’s to say that Stanhopeless will be able to manage this cash any better?

futto 11:36 pm 14 Dec 06

i noticed in today’s paper they can afford to by another 60 or so speed camera vans. One for each duel carriage divided 80 zone!

I would love Adelaide Ave to be 100 km/hr just for a day!

CanberraGreen 11:02 pm 14 Dec 06

Are things really this bad. Schools closing, taxes on powerlines, sports scholarships slashed. Sounds like the last days of the Kirner Government in Victoria.

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