In the first half of 2017 SACOSS released three reports based on a survey of 1,000 South Australians about their attitudes on a range of issues relating to state taxes, government expenditure and tax reform. This Fact Sheet compares some of the headline data from those reports with what was delivered in the 2017-18 SA State Budget.
Public Opinion and the 2017-18 SA State Budget
Fact Sheet: South Australian Government Expenditure
A summary of data from Reality Check: Public Perceptions of South Australian Government Expenditure and Waste showing where the government spends its money, and the contradictions in the SACOSS survey results about public perceptions.
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Fact Sheet: Replacing Conveyance Duties with an Annual Land Tax
A brief introduction to the proposal to replace stamp duty on real estate sales with an annual land tax, the safeguards required for low income households, and the popular and political barriers to the proposal.
Fact Sheet: Digital Inclusion - Regional SA
With digital technologies changing our economy and society, but also leaving some people behind, this Fact Sheet provides a summary of the South Australian outcomes in the most recent Australian Digital Inclusion Index, with a particular focus showing the gap between Adelaide and areas in regional South Australia.
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Fact Sheet: Centrelink Automated Debt Recovery (‘Robo-Debt’) Program
This program is wrong and must stop
In July 2016 Centrelink commenced piloting the automated debt recovery program. This program matches Centrelink and Australian Taxation Office data and detects discrepancies in the information held by both agencies.
The measure was expected to recover $1.3 billion over three years. The government has used data matching since the 1990s but Centrelink staff were involved in the decision making. Approximately 20,000 discrepancy notices were sent each year.
Fact Sheet: SA's Proposed Wagering Tax
In the 2016-17 Budget, the SA State Government announced the introduction of a wagering tax of 15% on the net revenue made by bookies’ from bets made in SA, effective from 1 July 2017. SACOSS supports the proposed wagering tax because it is fair and will ensure that revenue from South Australian betting is taxed in South Australia, and the money raised can be directed to services for South Australians.
Fact Sheet: Gambling Tax Winners and Losers
SACOSS has produced fact sheets on gambling taxes using information from the SACOSS Report Losing the Jackpot: South Australia’s Gambling Taxes. Last year gambling taxes in SA raised $388m - which constituted 9% of state revenue and helped fund vital services like hospitals, schools, roads and police.
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Fact Sheet: Declining Gambling Tax Revenue
SACOSS has produced fact sheets on gambling taxes using information from the SACOSS Report Losing the Jackpot: South Australia’s Gambling Taxes. The past decade has seen a big drop in gambling tax revenue. This has created a $111m p.a. hole in the SA state budget.
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Fact Sheet: Sports Betting and Online Gambling
SACOSS has produced fact sheets on gambling taxes using information from the SACOSS Report Losing the Jackpot: South Australia’s Gambling Taxes. It is illegal to provide online gaming (pokies and casino-type games) in Australia, but online lotteries and betting on races, sports and events are legal.
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Fact Sheet: Charities Reporting and Fundraising Red Tape Reduction
A quick summary of the South Australian Statutes Amendment (Commonwealth Registered Entities) Bill which was passed by parliament on 24 May 2016. The new law reduces red tape for charities by removing reporting requirements for charities registered with the ACNC to report separately to the state government or to hold an SA fundraising licence.