Political football as consumers face hefty carbon tax price hikes

Joe Hockey -  Joe Hockey Photo: Ken Irwin KEN

Joe Hockey Photo: Ken Irwin KEN

OK so the next argument in the ongoing carbon tax fight. (no longer a debate guys – the tax is now into law) is that we are paying GST on the tax element of the carbon tax added to our energy bills. Apparently the coalition have complained about this today. I do not like the carbon tax and I do not like the current government’s handling of economic matters. I can’t wait till they get voted out but really!! – what a weak way to make a headline.

Paying GST on the total of any bill is the way that GST works. It has been like that since the GST came in in 2000. The liberal Government under John Howard is the mob that brought in the GST in the first place so you would think Joe Hockey the Shadow Treasurer and a member of the party that devised the tax in the first place would understand this.

Mr Hockey stated “the “taxes on taxes” scenario revisited the pre-GST era of hidden wholesale sales taxes and would make the economy inefficient. ”

I guess the focus of this post is not really about Joe Hockey or the carbon tax or even the GST . It is about the stupidity rampant across the whole of Australian politics at the moment. The most frightening issue facing voters leading up to next years election will not be the carbon tax, asylum seekers or Gonski reforms. The scariest issue facing voters hands down is that the vast majority of politicians looking to lead us into the next decade and beyond are fools compared to those that served us in the last three decades.
Even if you loathed John Howard, Costello, Paul Keating or even Bob Hawk, you can’t deny that these men had vision , passion , drive and the brains to back it up. A bit of new blood on both sides of parliament would be welcome.