Submission to the inquiry into Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation

Business SA’s submission to the Productivity Commission’s inquiry on the current system of distributing GST according to the long standing principles of Horizontal Fiscal Equalisation (HFE). Business SA does not believe WA’s recent poor budget performance should be reason enough to change principles of HFE which in one form or another have been with us since Federation.

Business SA lobbies on behalf of members to ensure the voice of South Australian business is heard and that we achieve the best environment in which to do business. A significant part of that lobbying effort is through written submissions we make to all levels of government and other organisations such as utility companies, either in response to formal reviews of for example, legislation, or proactively where we wish to progress a particular issue not high enough on the government’s agenda. This might include submissions before the State Budget or where say, the government is reviewing options to reduce red-tape. We also make regular submissions to the Fair Work Commission to advocate the interests of our members with respect to Modern Awards and other industrial matters.

Business SA’s policy team relies heavily on member input into our submissions to ensure that we have the most comprehensive and current perspective from members for any position we take on your behalf. So if you are asked to complete a survey, speak with a policy team member on the phone or participate in a member forum, we appreciate your involvement as it all helps to strengthen the case of business.

GST Distribution Review

Date Published: June 2017

Please email any feedback to policy@business-sa.com

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