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Labor votes down Rate Capping Bill in Parliament

Jun 09, 2016

Steven Griffiths MP
Shadow Minister for Local Government
Shadow Minister for Planning
Labor votes down Rate Capping Bill in Parliament

The Weatherill Labor Government has today voted down the State Liberals’ Bill to impose a cap on council rate rises and prevent higher than necessary rate hikes.
The Local Government (Rate Increases) Amendment Bill 2016 would have protected South Australians from significant council rate hikes by allowing independent regulator ESCOSA to set the rate rise councils are allowed to apply based on the cost of services councils provide.
Minister for Regional Development and Local Government, Geoff Brock MP, spoke against the Bill and voted with the Government to oppose the Bill.
“While the Weatherill Labor Government has opposed this legislation, the State Liberals remain committed to introducing this policy if elected to Government in 2018,” said Shadow Minister for Local Government Steven Griffiths.
“The Weatherill Labor Government’s failure to support this Bill will see part of the reduction in water prices gobbled up by increasing council rates. 
“If the Weatherill Labor Government was truly committed to reducing cost of living pressures for South Australians, it would have supported our council rate capping legislation.
“As outlined in the State Liberals’ 2036 manifesto, we are committed to reducing cost of living pressures for South Australians.
“Cost of living increases are placing enormous pressure on household budgets in South Australia, and increasing council rates are one of these cost pressures.
“We need to ensure that households and businesses are receiving value for money, and councils are delivering their services at the best possible price.
“A rate capping policy has been in place in New South Wales for several decades, and was introduced by the Victorian Labor Government in 2015.
“It is simply not fair to have council rates increasing out of proportion to increasing costs.”



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