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Taxi industry under threat from GST.

Taxi Industry Under Threat From GST


Martin Ferguson - Shadow Minister for Transport


Media Statement - 23 March 2000


Taxi operators have been unilaterally and exclusively singled out for different treatment under the GST, Shadow Transport Minister, Martin Ferguson, said today.


"To require taxi operators - and no other industry or sector - to register for the GST, regardless of business turnover, appears to be blatantly discriminatory," Mr Ferguson told a taxi industry seminar in Adelaide.


"Many complex GST issues still need to be resolved for this industry, including insurance; tolls; management arrangements between drivers and operators; the use of tax invoices; plate owners leasing out their licenses; and ensuring the industry is ready for the July 1 start-up date


"The Government must immediately explain why taxi operators have been singled out, and move quickly to resolve these issues.


"Predictions of a mass exodus of operators from the industry are not surprising, given the lack of support given by the Government.


"We are about to host the Olympics, and a shortage of taxis is the last thing we need to detract from a positive image of our community and its services."


Authorised by Gary Gray, 19 National Circuit, Barton ACT 2600.