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South Australian bank tax off the table but when will politicians do something meaningful for economy?

By | November 16, 2017

So the state government has finally admitted defeat on the preposterous South Australian bank tax policy after it became glaringly obvious it had no chance of passing parliament’s upper house.

South Australian bank tax

This hair-brained half-thought-out scheme should never have seen the light of day but it did, and now we must put a foot to the throats of our lawmakers and ask them bluntly: “What the hell are you going to do to help stimulate this state’s economy?”

As we’ve said before, we’re most certainly not advocates for letting banks pay less than their fair share in taxes but the South Australian bank tax idea was almost comically bad. It would have done nothing for our economy; it would have created no jobs; it wouldn’t have made us more competitive in attracting investment.

South Australian bank tax would achieve nothing

In fact, it would have served to do the opposite of all those things.

The proposed South Australian bank tax was a terrible idea wrapped in an omnishambles, conceived by people who seem completely disconnected from the realities of fiscal policy.

The scary thought is, if that’s their idea of a solid strategy for stimulating the economy and creating jobs, how catastrophically bad were the other dreamt-up policies that ended up on the cutting room floor?

The cynical among us might suspect the timing of the announcement had something to do with the yes vote for marriage equality; it wouldn’t be the first time that politicians have used a big news day to quietly push out policy news.

Of course, it didn’t quite work and Premier Weatherill and Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis have taken much well-deserved heat over this whole sorry mess.

Hold the state government to account

We shouldn’t just let this saga quietly ride off into the sunset whilst our state politicians enjoy the luxury of time to concoct yet another misinformed, misdirected economy plan though.

The business community – and our wider population – must hold the state government to account.

So here’s the ultimate question that we should all be asking our elected state representatives:

What plans do you have in place or are you working on as a government to make South Australia more competitive in attracting investment and creating jobs?

Commitments fallen short

Remember the ’10-point plan to strengthen South Australia’s economic future’ from 2014? Real facts and figures were conspicuous by their absence but, nevertheless, commitments like ‘Make South Australia the best place to do business’ have fallen spectacularly short.

So, state government, we ask you respectfully, what are you going to do about it?

One response to “South Australian bank tax off the table but when will politicians do something meaningful for economy?”

  1. Roy SPRAAKMAN says:

    Here Here, we are truly suffering from a Party and Ideology having been in power too long. They have lost touch, the Public Service over sized and full of people created in their own image are totally off reservation. They are all completely self absorbed and ‘Power’ motivated.
    Social engineers holding degrees in Mushroom Cultivation. Who else would conjure up a underpass under the protected Parkland in the name of saving everyone 3 minutes. Did anyone actually explain to these idiots that the people on the bus were not being paid and the bus will still arrive at the same time, not 3 minutes earlier. The Sheriff of Nottingham a resident in South Australia is feverishly stealing from the working class in the form of Government Fees. $1,100 to register a Tray Top Ute, in excess of $800 to apply for a Supervisors Licence in the Construction Industry, the list goes on. We are seeing the like of Spotless Group and others being given a free reign to provide ‘Services’, and slash the throats of suppliers sending them to meet their maker if and when suits. The basis of small business within this state, carries this state and its employment. The heart and strength of Small Business lies with the seasoned, established enterprises who have the knowledge, experience an horsepower to exist in this environment. BUT. Why should they risk, delay their retirement. There is no incentive.
    This Government actually has more fun watching the unsupported redundant small business employee struggle whilst supporting the Holden workers post employment. The ones with the big redundancies. More HEADLINES.
    The power issue is crippling many companies of all sizes and most have difficulty passing it on. Tough times result in tough business. Spiralling prices and escalating costs only result in PAIN.
    Better we sever the LIMB…. before the Tram actually does a ‘U’ turn at North Terrace.

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