@CPSANSW – Submission to the Review of the Emergency Services Funding | #NSWpol #FBEU #NoNewTax

While in theory a move towards a property based levy calculated by land value may be more equitable than the current insurance model, as mentioned, it does not take into account the capacity to pay. Introducing a property levy as either a fixed amount per property or as a percentage of property value disadvantages people who are unable to afford insurance in the first place.

If a property tax is introduced this will not result in insurance premiums being reduced and the end result will be prohibitive for people on low incomes in two ways – they will still be unable to afford to insure their properties and they will be unable to afford an additional tax.

People on low, fixed incomes, such as pensions and Newstart, are often unable to afford basic goods and services and without a significant overhaul to payment rates are going to be unable to buffer themselves against an additional tax.

If a property based levy is introduced, CPSA calls for pensioners and other concession card holders to be exempt from the new tax. Fire and emergency services are essential for the safety of all NSW citizens and like ambulance services that are free for pensioners, pension card holders should be exempt from paying any new emergency levy.

[1] The non-insured, who, why and trends, Dr Richard Tooth and Dr George Barker, Centre of Law and Economics, for Insurance Council of Australia, 2007.

via Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association of NSW – Submission to the Review of the Emergency Services Funding System.

About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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