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Rates cap will bear no resemblance to the CPI

Minister for Local Government, Natalie Hutchins is having a lend of Victorians when she said in a media release today: “The Local Government Act Amendment Bill … will stop councils raising their rates above a cap, based on the Melbourne Consumer Price Index.”   The one thing that the cap […]

New Andrews Government tax on new home buyers and renovators

The Andrews Government demand for a dividend from the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority in its Budget is at odds with the direction of the recent Auditor’-Generals Report. The Opposition is concerned that the Government’s massive new tax on the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA) will see a $50 million impost […]

Andrews’ first Budget a body blow to local government

$38.47 million has been cut from local government funding in the Andrews Labor Government’s first Budget (Budget Paper 3, Table B.1 page 406). Without the once off $50 million funding for the ten interface councils in 2015-16, the cut to local government funding would have been $88.47 million. Page 40 […]