Malcolm Turnbull is showing he’s keen to emulate Tony Abbott’s reputation for slugging locals in the Illawarra who can least afford it, with a new NBN Tax that came into effect yesterday, Member for Cunningham Sharon Bird and Member for Throsby Stephen Jones have said.
The secret NBN Tax, which will hit every new home owner in the Illawarra, is hidden in a Government policy document and applies from yesterday, despite no public announcement from the Liberal Government.
“From 1 March, every new home owner will pay an NBN Tax of $600. From 1 July, it will increase to $900,” Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird said.
“Just before Christmas last year the Government released a policy document that included this nasty little surprise for Australians who want to build their own home.
“They announced that new home developers will be charged a new $600 deployment charge to be passed onto home buyers, while buyers will be hit with a new $300 NBN connection fee from 1 July.”
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“The last thing home owners in our region need is another new tax. As if a new GP Tax and Petrol Tax weren't enough, now new home owners will be slugged with an NBN Tax as well,” Ms Bird said.
“It goes to show that no matter who leads the Liberal Party – whether its Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull or Julie Bishop – they all support the unfair Budget and they all support slugging those who can least afford it,” Member for Throsby, Stephen Jones said.
Before the election Tony Abbott said:
“What you’ll get under us are tax cuts without new taxes.”
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“Yet here we are, less than eighteen months into his Prime Ministership and he has given local residents in the Illawarra a trifecta of new taxes - an NBN Tax, a GP Tax and a Petrol Tax.
“Home prices in our region are already very high. This tax will hit those who can afford it the least—young families just starting out. The last thing new home buyers need is a new NBN tax.” Mr Jones said.