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Labor must rule out new taxes in upcoming State Budget

State Liberal Leader Steven Marshall is calling on Treasurer Tom Koutsantonis to rule out any new taxes, levies and charges in the upcoming State Budget. 

The Weatherill Labor Government has a history of trying to introduce greedy new taxes, such as the car park tax, and have proposed to increase the GST.

“Payroll tax relief is a good start, but the Weatherill Labor Government cannot give with one hand and take with the other by introducing new taxes in the State Budget,” said Mr Marshall.

“The Weatherill Labor Government’s decision to hand down the State Budget after the Federal Election is a highly political move – every other state and territory have handed down their 2016/17 budgets.

“In recent interstate budgets, taxes such as a foreign investor tax has been introduced in Queensland and a household domestic violence tax has been introduced in the ACT.

“The Weatherill Labor Government must not follow their Labor counterparts’ lead and introduce new taxes here in South Australia.

“Just last week South Australians were hit with massive electricity price hikes – it would be devastating if Treasurer Koutsantonis hit them with new charges in the State Budget.

“South Australia still has the highest unemployment rate in the nation.

“The Weatherill Government needs to reduce the tax burden on South Australian businesses, to encourage greater investment which in turn will create more jobs.”