Anglicare Australia urges Opposition to back tax cut changes

Anglicare Australia has urged the Federal Opposition to back proposed changes to the Stage 3 Tax Cuts.

Analysis prepared by Anglicare Australia shows that few Australians would benefit from the original Stage 3 package, with those living in areas represented by Liberal and National MPs at a particular disadvantage.

Anglicare Australia’s analysis shows that:

  • The tax changes will benefit people living in the wealthiest parts of Australia’s major cities
  • Tasmanians will get the least benefit of any State or Territory
  • Half of the regions in the bottom ten are in regional NSW
  • Regional or rural areas are the least likely to benefit, largely represented by National Party MPs.

“Australians are being given the false impression that they would be better off under the old package. That is simply not true,” said Anglicare Australia Executive Director Kasy Chambers.

“Instead of helping people cope, the original design of the tax cuts would leave behind the most disadvantaged part of the country.

“Regional and rural areas that are struggling to cope with rising living costs would see almost no benefit. People in regional NSW would be among the biggest losers – half of the regions in the bottom ten of our analysis are in regional parts of the state.

“When we look at States and Territories, it is Tasmania that will miss out the most. Tasmania has the country’s least affordable rents and its highest rate of poverty. Instead of getting help to cope with soaring living costs, these changes will see taxpayers in Tasmania supporting the country’s highest income earners.

“This is a clear choice. The Opposition can support spending on the country’s wealthiest areas – or they can back changes that give cost-of-living relief to their constituents who actually need it.”

Anglicare Australia has written to Opposition MPs urging them to back the new tax cut package.