Liberal National Party Leader Deb Frecklington has written to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk calling on her to immediately scrap Labor’s heartless Grey Nomad Tax.
“This is a heartless tax. What makes it worse is that the Premier doesn’t even understand how it works or who she is hurting,” Ms Frecklington said.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk is so out of touch she is still claiming her vehicle tax will only hit ‘luxurious’ motorhomes* but her tax doesn’t affect vehicles over 4.5 tonnes so the top end of town actually escapes scot free in her tax grab.
“Annastacia Palaszczuk’s vehicle tax will add thousands of dollars to the cost of a campervan or motorhome under 4.5 tonnes but won’t cost people who buy big motorhomes a cent in extra tax.
“These aren’t the mega-rich Labor is hurting, these are normal Queenslanders who have worked hard all their lives, paid their taxes and now Annastacia Palaszczuk wants them to pay more.
“Many of these people have worked hard their whole lives to afford a motorhome or have sold their house to fund the purchase. Labor is taxing people’s dreams.”
Ms Frecklington said the tax had been rammed through without any consultation.
“Labor slipped this sneaky tax through hoping no one would notice,” she said.
“Industry groups like the Caravanning Queensland were ignored, as were the thousands of Queenslanders who’ll be slugged when they go to buy their dream vehicle.
“Many of the motorhomes and campervans that will be taxed are manufactured in Queensland, while the vehicles over 4.5 tonnes that won’t be hit with extra tax are made overseas.
“This is an ill-conceived tax that will hurt grey nomads and Queensland jobs.
“Premier, these people don’t deserve to be fleeced to prop up your sick budget.
“Whether it’s record high power bills, spiraling petrol prices or the waste tax – Queenslanders are struggling under Labor’s budget of debt, taxes and unemployment.
“I am calling on the Premier today to scrap this tax on motorhomes and campervans – a simple stroke of a pen to close this silly loophole.”