Labor must not increase ESL after this week’s wild weather

The State Liberals are calling on the Weatherill Labor Government not to use this week’s catastrophic weather as an excuse to hit South Australians with another increase to the ESL.

Premier Weatherill must rule out a further increase to the ESL tax to pay for cost recovery for this week’s wild weather and flood damage, as his Government has previously done for other natural disasters.

Earlier this year, Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis announced a 1.5 per cent increase to the ESL in 2016-17, which included $2.8 million in cost recovery for the Pinery fire (Koutsantonis media release, 20/05/2016).

Last year, Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis increased the ESL to account for $7.5 million for the emergency services response to the Sampson Flat bushfire (Koutsantonis media release, 20/05/2015).

“After a state-wide blackout, floods and wild weather, South Australians have already had to put up with enough,” said State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall.

“A further ESL increase would be unnecessary and cruel.

“South Australians simply cannot afford another ESL increase.”

The State Liberals have already committed to restoring the ESL remission for all South Australians, which delivers a $90 million tax cut per year for all South Australians.