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IN the end, the disabled outsmarted the politicians. Julia
Gillard will bring legislation to the current parliament for
her tax increase to contribute to the cost of the national
disability insurance scheme. Tony Abbott’s Coalition will
vote for it.
Political reality overtook some cynical power play from
both sides, but especially by the PM, because they couldn’t
afford to be seen point scoring at the expense of people
Gillard had wanted to delay introducing the legislation
for a 0.5 percentage point increase in the Medicare levy,
so she could get maximum leverage from the NDIS issue
in the run up to the election. Abbott called her bluff,
demanding the bill come in at once. But he wouldn’t
undertake to support it unless the PM revealed the rest of
the funding for the scheme.
Neither could hold out. Abbott yesterday announced the
Coalition would “consider” providing support. He outlined
various other things the government had to do, including
the release of “operational details” for the scheme.
Gillard read “consider” supporting as “will support” and
waved aside assorted demands as things on which the
government was already working.
Whew. Both leaders are out of awkward holes, and quickly.
Gillard has lost an opportunity to wedge Abbott; the
Opposition leader has agreed to a tax rise... READ MORE
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Council finances are healthy
Councillor David Plumridge
Adelaide City Council
LET me assure your readers that the
Adelaide City Council is in no way ‘insolvent’
as recent media reports with strident
headlines have suggested.
The facts are that council is in a very healthy
financial position with all recurrent costs
and ongoing routine services fully funded
from our own-source revenues which
consist primarily of property rate revenue,
augmented by fees and charges much of
which comes from our parking operations.
Explain population ‘target’ now
IT’S not surprising there is no middle ground
in the arguments for and against high
rise development (“Too high, too low: no
middle ground in “high rise” battle”, Indaily,
May 1, 2013. The motives/mindset of the
combatants – developers and residents – are
On the one hand, developers want to make
On the other hand, residents... READ MORE
THE State Government’s new laws to
encourage urban infill could lead to
higher council rates and other charges
to fund developments.
Planning Department chief John
Hanlon told Indaily under the new
laws introduced into parliament
yesterday there was the potential to
change the council rates and other
“[The laws] allows you inside [a
development precinct] to do whatever
mechanisms you need to raise the
income to be able to develop inside
that particular area to a plan that has
been signed off by the Minister and
can’t be varied and has been through
consultation processes,” Hanlon said.
“In case of a Bowden area you’d look
at what all the inputs are, charges for
infrastructure [and] it allows you to set
something in there and rates would
fall into that category.”
Planning Minister John Rau said
charges, which could include state
taxes, local council rates and other
charges, would not be changed
“It’s not like you can snap your fingers
and instantly the rates change without
anybody being involved,” Rau said.
Under the laws, the Minister would
appoint a “precinct authority” to
manage an infill development.
This could be from Urban Renewal
Authority or a local council.
The Urban Development Institute
called for the laws to go further and
give private developers the same
rights as a public body.
“While we support this Bill on the
assumption that it will be used to
open up redevelopment... READ MORE
Higher rates possible in urban infill areas
Michelle Grattan/The Conversation
Planning Minister John Rau
at a public forum on Monday
– two days later he introduced
urban infill reform. Photo:
Fernando M. Gonçalves
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