I call on Tony Abbott and the Liberal-National Party to rule out a plan to impose the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on the rents of mobile-home residents.
This is after a surprise ruling last week by the Australian Taxation Office overturning a decision by the Howard government in 2000 to exempt mobile-home residents from the 10 per cent GST.
This plan is devastating for the thousands of locals who live in the numerous mobile homes parks and simply cannot afford a 10 per cent increase in their rents.
It is an attack on the nation’s most vulnerable, particularly pensioners who are already struggling with cost of living pressures and can’t afford this rent hike.
On July 1, 2000, when the GST was introduced, moveable home estates (mobile-home parks) were deemed residential premises and therefore exempt from GST.
However, on 30 October 2013 the Australian Taxation Office released a plan stating that these moveable home estates would no longer be considered residential premises and therefore are not exempt from GST.
Mr Abbott and his government should act immediately to rule out this unfair plan.
Justine Elliot, Member for Richmond