JOE COPS A DOSE OF PMS
Four-time Walkley Award winning political commentator and Churchill Fellow, has returned to the fray over concern that the integrity of news dissemination is continually being threatened by a partisan media.
Debating the injustice of a GST levied on tampons in Federal Parliament may have got a few grubby Lefties from Q&A all moist but it did nothing for the serious side of the issue. The GST, we are told ad nauseam, is a States’ issue and all must get together and agree to any changes, but we all know that isn’t going to happen when it comes to tampons, or anything else.
Each State will have its own idea of what personal products should be GST exempt. Personal female products can range from Canesten (anti mushroom cream) and KY jelly to incontinence diapers, with South Australia and Tasmania demanding double dildos be exempt. And what about blokes’ haemorrhoid cream? It would sure make an interesting COAG meeting.
As I have said here often, the centrist policies of Canberra no longer work. Since 1901 things have changed. States have matured and diversified to a stage where they alone should be administering their own forms of a GST to suit their own individual State needs.
States have their own elections where they are held to account and they have the tax collection infrastructure to easily handle a simple GST. The ludicrous situation that obtains now is where Canberra collects the States’ Tax and arbitrates over who gets what.
There is no upside for Canberra, only tears, and it’s not possible that all State Premiers will go home happy because those who do will have benefitted at the expense of other Premiers.
It’s a crazy arrangement where Tas and SA will never agree to what the other States get for the simple reason they already get an unfair share. For Christ’s sake let them electorally live or die on the imposition of their own GSTs... each State needs a different GST rate anyway.
Canberra wants a hands-off situation where the States must agree as one to an increase. That will never happen and anyway Canberra is lying, it can legally increase the GST rate itself, but it doesn’t want to lose the electoral skin while the States don't want to either.
They want Canberra to cop the backlash while they cop the receipts. It’s a madness that only a control-addicted centrist government could invent.
We are not like European VAT inflicted nations where one cut of the cloth suits all.
We have a cane toad and croc problem up north, a bunch of butch greenies who kiss frogs down south, underpriced ore out west and a host of homosexual gay marriage rightists over on the east. That will never be a European VAT problem because it’s a diversification problem and it’s unique to us in terms of a Federally imposed GST.
Other Western nations that aren’t as large and as diversified as ours don’t have a bloody GST... the US has no Federal GST but it does have individual State taxes as well as a Federal tax.
Until we start acting like a grown-up Federation and make State taxes an individual State responsibility we will continue to witness spectacles like Canberra Press conferences concerning tampons.
Canberra already has plenty of other important stuff to keep itself occupied.