Shooters Fishers and Farmers call on Nationals to support rural payroll tax exemption policy

SHOOTERS Fishers and Farmers Party Tamworth candidate Jeff Bacon and Northern Tablelands candidate Rayne Single have called on the National Party to adopt their party’s rural payroll tax exemption policy as a further drought relief measure.

“When the National Party and Liberal Party Government came into power in 2011, they said that New South Wales is open for business,” Mr Bacon said.

“Unfortunately for the bush, what they really meant is ‘Sydney is open for business’. All the benefits have gone to the city at the expense of rural areas.

Northern Tablelands Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party candidate Rayne Single.

“We want payroll tax to be cut to zero for all rural areas outside Newcastle, Sydney, and Wollongong. This will provide a further economic stimulus for the bush and will alleviate the economic impact of the drought.

“Cutting payroll tax will encourage businesses to set up shop in rural areas, and give those already in the bush the boost they deserve.”

Rayne Single said that there are ample funds in the New South Wales budget to accommodate this measure, since the funds for the sale of the Snowy Hydro scheme weren’t earmarked for a purpose in the 2018-2019 State Budget.

“We estimate that this will cost $120 million per year, and is a drop in the ocean compared to the $4.1 billion windfall that New South Wales just received for handing-over the Snowy Hydro scheme to the Federal Government,” Mr Single said.

“Since Kevin Anderson and Adam Marshall have finally discovered the drought, the least they can do is support our policy and deliver this important exemption for the bush.”

Shooters Fishers and Farmers Party MLC Robert Brown called on the National Party to have his party’s payroll tax exemption included in the upcoming state budget.

“Anything less than a payroll tax cut for all rural areas in this year’s budget will be another failure by the National Party to stand up for regional New South Wales,” Mr Brown said.

“Cutting payroll tax for the bush will encourage investment outside of the major coastal cities, boost employment, and ensure that our state is a step closer to being truly decentralised.

“New South Wales is not just Newcastle, Sydney, Wollongong.”

Media Release: August 3, 2018