RICH-PHILLIPS AND PEULICH OPPOSE FAIRER FIRE SERVICES LEVY

Liberal Upper House Members for the South-Eastern Metropolitan region, Inga Peulich and Gordon Rich-Phillips, voted against legislation to improve the flawed and inequitable
Fire Services Property Levy (FSPL), Martin Pakula MP said today.

Labor introduced a Private Members Bill in the Upper House that would give powers to  the Fire services Levy Monitor to ensure the new system had greater oversight and did
not leave Victorians worse off.

“The Napthine Government voted against reforms that home owners and small and large businesses have been calling for,” Mr Pakula said.

“Instead of listening to the concerns of Victorians who are facing significantly increased costs, Mr Rich-Phillips and Mrs Peulich voted to keep the unfair status quo.”

Mr Pakula said Labor’s reforms would have given powers to the Fire Services Levy Monitor to investigate and report on the operation of the FSPL and to make  recommendations for improvements.

“Since the Napthine Government’s changes came into effect in July this year, I have heard from owners of investment properties paying up to six times more, and one commercial property owner paying nearly double.”

“Contrary to the Government’s advertising, the new levy is not simpler or fairer for these people and Coalition MPs are refusing to acknowledge the problem.”

“Documents obtained by the Opposition under Freedom of Information show hundreds of pages of complaints to the State Revenue Office about the unfairness of the new levy,” Mr Pakula said.

“The Government have not been listening when Victorians told them that the new levy
wasn’t fair.”

Mr Pakula said that it was disappointing that the Government would not take the opportunity to ensure the fair operation of this new tax for all Victorian residents.