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Treasurer Mike Baird holding fire on levy | thetelegraph.com.au

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THE NSW government will not introduce a controversial emergency services levy on NSW households unless the majority of people are “better off” under the scheme.

Treasurer Mike Baird made the pledge yesterday on the new emergency services levy which is due to replace an average $250 yearly tax on insurance policies. Mr Baird also said the government would have the most rigorous system in the country to police the scheme – ensuring that once insurance taxes are cut and the levy introduced, insurance companies will reduce their premiums accordingly.

But The Daily Telegraph understands there are concerns from senior ministers that insurance companies would not pass on the savings and as a result families would be charged twice.

via Treasurer Mike Baird holding fire on levy | thetelegraph.com.au.

You’re damn right they won’t be passed on. Insurers save $1 billion, and the community cops a new tax. Axe the idea now Minister….

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President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union and a professional firefighter with more than 25 years’ experience. Father of two daughters, he lives and works on the NSW South Coast, Australia. He is a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around him. He is a Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and works with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist he has long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. Now a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and has decades of experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. He is 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. Darin is also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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