Liberals make it easier to appeal ESL bills

Appealing massive Emergency Service Levy bills will be easier if legislation proposed by the State Liberals passes Parliament. 

State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall has today given notice he will introduce a bill to transfer ESL appeals from the Supreme and District Courts to the more user friendly South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. 

“To help South Australians combat the Weatherill Labor Government’s latest tax grab, we are proposing to have all ESL appeals heard in the new SACAT,” said Mr Marshall.

“Appealing massive rate rises in the SACAT will be cheaper, quicker and easier than the current process through the Supreme Court or District Court.”

Amendments to the SACAT Bill proposed by the State Liberals in September would have allowed valuation disputes to be heard in the SACAT, but this latest amendment goes one step further.

“This latest amendment will allow people to appeal changes to the classification of their property in the SACAT,” said Mr Marshall.

“Struggling South Australian households have reported ESL increases of 200, 300 and 400 per cent.

“Jay Weatherill’s decision to foist huge increases in the ESL on South Australian families and business after concealing his plan before the State Election shows the Premier has lost touch with the financial struggles of ordinary South Australians.

“Obviously the best result for South Australians would be for the Weatherill Government to scrap this outrageous tax grab, but if that is not going to happen, this will at least make life a bit easier.”