Nationals candidate says FBT laws hurt workers
WORKERS who salary package their cars will be an average of $2000 worse off under changes to fringe benefits tax, according to Nationals candidate for Page, Kevin Hogan.
Mr Hogan said the changes will directly affect thousands of Page residents and have flow-on effects to the local motor industry.
He was joined by Nationals senator Fiona Nash and Australian Salary Packaging Industry Association (ASPIA) president Leigh Penberthy at Lismore Nissan and Kia yesterday to highlight the impact of the FBT changes.
Mr Hogan said he had spoken to "enormous numbers" of people, including workers at Southern Cross University and councils, who will be affected by the changes.
"Anyone who has a car under salary packaging, that includes people who work for the university, the local council and a lot of people who work for not-for-profit organisations, a lot of those people don't get paid a lot as far as salary goes," Mr Hogan said.
"These type of things (salary packaging) on top of it make it more attractive for them.
"These are normal mums and dads who live and work in our communities that are $2000 worse off under this policy."
The changes to the FBT were announced by the government without community consultation on July 16 .
According to ASPIA, under the changes, a person earning $75,000 a year and driving a salary packaged car worth $34,500 will be $2000 worse off each year.
Mr Hogan and Ms Nash said if the Coalition was elected to government on Saturday it would scrap the FBT changes.