Green's death tax plan riles Pakula

The Green’s plan for a death tax in Victoria could have implications for public transport

Green's death tax plan riles Pakula
Green’s death tax plan riles Pakula

November 1, 2010

The mud slinging has started in the lead up to this month’s Victorian state election, with Transport Minister Martin Pakula slamming the Greens over death taxes.

Pakula is accusing the Greens’ death tax proposal as the means to fund a new transport agency, and in the process slash jobs in Victoria’s public transport sector.

He says the Greens transport policy would result in 900 job losses, major financial implications for the state and a tax levied on families.

"The Greens political party want to establish a transport agency and they plan to scrap hundreds of transport sector jobs across the state," Pakula says.

"They reckon a team of only 60 people will be able to run the state’s trains, trams and buses which are now carrying almost 500 million passengers every year."

He says the Greens' plan for another agency creates a layer of bureaucracy on top of Government Departments, existing authorities and public transport operators.

Victoria’s Treasurer John Lenders says the Greens' billion dollar policy proposals – which includes a buy back of public transport into Government hands – would be funded by the death tax.

He has called on the Greens to submit the death tax plans to the independent Victorian Treasury for costing.

Lenders also urged the Greens to reveal the tax rate and how much revenue would be raised from the tax.

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