Shadow Minister for Small Business, Michelle Rowland has joined Member for Wakefield, Nick Champion today to visit local small businesses facing a raft of new compliance costs if Malcolm Turnbull broadens the GST to fresh food.
Speaking with business owners and producers at Barossa Farmers Markets, Ms Rowland noted many of its small businesses provide quality South Australian fresh food, delivering positive health outcomes for consumers - all at risk of being compromised if Malcolm Turnbull gets his way and broadens this regressive tax to include fresh food.
Malcolm Turnbull has said everything is on the table - this means more small businesses are being lined up to become the Government's unpaid tax collectors.
We know that when the GST was first introduced, small businesses around Australia were hit with increased compliance costs and burdensome red tape.
A new 15 per cent tax when local families go shopping for fresh food will not just hurt the hip pocket, it will create new red tape for many small businesses blowing the Government's red tape rhetoric out of the water.
The fact is, when the Coalition look to expand the GST to fresh food, Australians will end up paying more tax overall and small business will cop more red tape.
SATURDAY, 7 NOVEMBER 2015