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Election to decide future of Weatherill/Koutsantonis proposed $1200 tax on family home

Shadow Treasurer Rob Lucas said the Liberal Party would welcome the opportunity of fighting the next State Election over the Weatherill Government’s proposal for a new $1200 tax on an average family home.

Treasurer Koutsantonis continues to try and drum up support for his proposed annual $1200 tax on the family home and has told the media today if it was to be introduced it would only be after people voted at the next election.


“South Australian families struggling with massive increases in taxes and charges under Mr Weatherill and Mr Koutsantonis will have a clear policy choice at the next election,” said Mr Lucas.


“Steven Marshall and the Liberal Party have already made it clear they will not support a new $1200 tax on the family home and will also remove the Weatherill Government’s massive ESL increases which have already caused distress to many South Australian families and businesses.


“Sadly it is in the DNA of the Labor Party to only want to talk about increasing taxes or introducing new taxes. Only yesterday Mr Weatherill and Mr Koutsantonis raised the frightening prospect of reintroducing a tax on every deposit any person in South Australia made in their bank or financial institution.


“It should be noted Mr Koutsantonis’s $1200 tax only refers to a home valued at $400,000. It is obvious that many families would be paying a tax of closer to $2000 every year if Mr Weatherill and Mr Koutsantonis are re-elected.


“After 13 years of Labor’s financial mismanagement Mr Koutsantonis is desperate to get support for his $1200 family home tax so that he can pay for his massive overspending and budget blowouts on major projects.

“Struggling South Australian families will be rightly skeptical that, whatever Mr Weatherill and Mr Koutsantonis say before the election, a re-elected Labor Government will impose this massive new tax on the family home after the election.”