South Australia Shadow Treasurer Iain Evans
Labor Voted Against Helping Construction Industry 12 Months Ago
Victor P Taffa
In the past 18 months, Labor has twice voted not to help the construction industry by opposing reviews of the high level of taxation in South Australia.
In September last year, 12 months ago, I moved that the Parliament’s Economic and Finance Committee conduct an inquiry into the application of payroll tax and contractors in the building, transport, security and other industries.
In May 2011, 18 months ago, I moved that the Parliament’s Economic and Finance Committee conduct an inquiry into the State’s land tax system.
Labor voted against both of these motions and defeated them.
At the meeting with the construction industry yesterday, industry representatives again raised the high level of taxes in South Australia with the Government Ministers present.
“This is not a new topic for the Government, as industry has raised this issue on many occasions over the last 10 years this is why the Liberal Party sought to have the Economic and Finance Committee review the taxes.” Shadow Treasurer Iain Evans said.
“The Government response has been to have one meeting 18 months after they chose to vote against an inquiry to look at the payroll tax impact on the industry which would have led to ways to help the industry.
“The Treasurer needs to explain why the Government voted against two reviews that sought to assist the construction industry.” Mr. Evans said.