Media Release

02 May 2017

Guy-O’Brien: Daniel Andrews: taxing more but giving less

Tuesday 2 May 2017

Daniel Andrews: taxing more but giving less

Daniel Andrews is taxing Victorians more but giving Victorians less.

In just over two years, Daniel Andrews has increased taxes by nearly $4 billion.  This is an increase in taxation revenue of over 22%.

But despite Daniel Andrews’ record tax increase, violent crime rates are increasing, road congestion is getting worse, public transport is more crowded and less reliable, and the standard of education our children is receiving is declining.

Since the 2014 election, Daniel Andrews has increased taxes by an average of $2,000 for every Victorian household.

Never has a government had so much money but done so little with it.

Before the election, Daniel Andrews promised Victorians he would not introduce any new taxes or increase taxes.  In each of his three budgets, Daniel Andrews has broken that promise.

While Victorians are struggling with higher taxes, bigger electricity and gas bills, rising water costs and higher transport fares, Daniel Andrews is introducing new taxes and increasing existing taxes.

As Premier, Daniel Andrews has introduced nine new taxes:

  • $252 million energy tax on coal royalties
  • The taxi and Uber tax
  • Land tax surcharge for absentee owners introduced (0.5%) then increased to 1.5%
  • Stamp duty surcharge for foreign buyers introduced (3%) then increased to 7%
  • Fire Services Property Levy hiked
  • Increase in stamp duty on new cars
  • New stamp duties on off-the-plan purchases
  • New stamp duties on property transfers between spouses
  • New annual property valuations to increase land tax and council rates

Daniel Andrews is not only the highest taxing Premier in Victoria’s history, he’s the highest taxing Premier in Australia.  And in spite of being the highest taxing state, with a $10 billion windfall from the Port of Melbourne lease, debt has risen sharply and now exceeds the level inherited from the Liberal Nationals.

Despite Victoria’s crime tsunami, there is no money for new police stations or re-opening police stations closed under Labor.

While Victorians are struggling with cost of living pressures Daniel Andrews’ budget is taxing them more so he can go on a vote buying spree in next year’s election.

This budget is all about Daniel Andrews’ political interests, not the interests of Victorians who just want to be able to pay their bills and know their families are safe.