Ah yes - the Democrats. They completely rooted what was going to be a great new tax system. No more Stamp Duty (among a load of other taxes they made us keep), better tax rates ...... simplicity !
They couldn't 'keep the bastards honest', so they became the bastards.
Former Senate Democrat voter.
God knows who I will vote for now - might have to be the Greens.
Oh, and John, - yes Sim''s (now that's interesting Simon, how DO you add a possessive 's' to the shortened version of your name?) right - you still have to pay Stamp Duty to the states. In exchange for allowing TNTS through the Senate, the Democrats required a number of modifications. I think at least 9 different taxes that were meant to disappear had to stay (incl. Stamp Duty), and we all know the income tax brackets changed, certain items were GST exempted etc etc.
GST was always going to be complicated even without the democrats further buggering it up.. Liberals promised us just one tax a flat 10% , but look at Petrol still we have Fuel excise plus GST, Wine has the infamous Wine Equalisation Tax plus GST .... So much for one flat rate.... !!!!