Labor’s toxic car park tax defeated in Parliament

Liberal Leader Steven Marshall has welcomed the defeat of Jay Weatherill’s toxic car park tax in State Parliament’s Legislative Council. 

Mr Marshall confirmed in his Supply Bill contribution earlier this year that the State Liberals would vote against this component of the Appropriation Bill in Parliament.

Today, the toxic tax was voted against by State Liberal MLCs and crossbench MLCs – the Hon John Darley MLC, the Hon Dennis Hood MLC and the Hon Robert Brokenshire MLC – in Parliament’s Legislative Council.

“The State Liberals have staunchly opposed the introduction of the Weatherill Labor Government’s car park tax from day one,” said Mr Marshall.

“Mr Weatherill’s toxic car park tax is nothing more than a desperate cash grab by a broke Labor Government after 12 long years of financial mismanagement.

“South Australians are already struggling under ever-increasing cost of living pressures and the highest taxes in the nation.

“The last thing businesses and households need in this State is another tax.

“Mr Weatherill’s toxic car park tax has been criticised by numerous industry experts, including the Property Council of Australia (SA Division), Adelaide City Council, Business SA and Theo Maras, chairman of the Rundle Mall Management Authority.

“This latest tax grab by the Weatherill Labor Government has nothing to do with improved public transport and everything to do with South Australia’s massive debt and deficit.

“It will do nothing to stimulate the economic investment South Australia so desperately needs.

“Mr Weatherill’s toxic car park tax will hurt businesses, hurt jobs, discourage people from entering the city and damage CBD vibrancy.

“The State Liberals understand the pressures South Australian families and businesses are facing – that’s why we voted against this toxic tax today.”