Neil Mitchell takes aim at Andrews government’s ‘sneaky’ tax extension
FIRST ON 3AW: Daniel Andrews has broken an election promise by slipping in a ‘sneaky’ new tax, Neil Mitchell says.
3AW Mornings highlighted the Environmental Contributions Levy this morning after its renewal was buried in a long press release on Monday.
The levy was first introduced in 2004 ‘and governments keep renewing it – very quietly,’ Neil said.
‘This is grubby. The size of the levy is not huge, but it’s a broken promise.
‘It’s effectively a new tax because the old one was due to expire.’
The levy costs $100 million per year.
In response, Environment Minister Lisa Neville said the government has no choice about renewing it.
‘It’s not a new tax at all, Neil,’ Ms Neville said.
‘It is a levy provided for in legislation.’
Neil wasn’t convinced.
Click play to hear their clash.