April 27, 2010
Recently it has been announced that the Australian federal government would like to use 30% of the states GST to finance healthcare. Of what we see in the media, the whole process looks a bit dictatorial. There has been a lot of talk between Chairman Rudd and the Premiers, but not much consideration for other federal and state MP’s and the Australian people.
What could happen if Rudd has his way? Rudd could do a bait and switch. He’d promise all this money for health care and instead divert most of the 30% of GST to pay the interest on government debt. Pay more for less. Usual story with government and big business. Or this is just another way to waste taxes and bankrupt Australia. As he is using GST money, he could say in the future that he needs more money for health care and has to increase the percentage of GST collected. Raising taxes won’t affect Rudd and his family as his wife has $500 million in British government contracts.
Another thing to look out for is that when states receive federal money there are usually strings attached. The feds could set guidelines as to how money is spent and cut off certain treatment.
This article was posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 at 10:32 am