Transcript of Interview Ms Martin/Mr Reed/Ms Vamourie with Ms Christensen 8DDD ABC Darwin Drive Time dated 27 November 2001
Tabled paper 255
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2 VAMOURIE: Well, what is a tax at the end? It's a question of contributing to the coffers of the Government. Yes, it is a tax if it is in terms of saying a tax is a type that you tax segments of consumption, yes it's a tax. Because people who smoke get taxed, people in traditional conventional budgets in order to actually to deter them from smoking. In terms of the environment lobbyists I guess it is a question of saying it's a tax for people driving up and down their cars and maybe they wont drive their cars anymore. Reporter: So motorists, the big losers, does that make it a fairly broad based tax. VAMOURIE: I wouldn't call it losers as much as contributors to the black hole. I think that someone has got to pay. Some people have to pay more than others and I think we have got a fairly large motor traffic consumption public and I think they're contributing everyone evenly. What I was quite impressed with is it even hits the government taxes. Reporter: What about water and sewerage charges up by 5%? The Government really didnt have too many options did they? VAMOURIE: They didnt. They didnt have much options actually but the reality is that the budget is a lot more than just a directional change. It is much more to do with how the behavior of the Government as a partner, thats what's emerging here, very clearly both from the Summit as well as from the initiators that the Government has taken. Reporter: What do you mean in terms of this mini budget? VAMOURIE: In terms of the mini budget it means what we are really talking about is a shift in the emphasis from being politically driven budget to a management driven budget, to a budget that looks at it from the point of view of people trying to drive and deliver the services that they were promised. Reporter: In terms of the public service? VAMOURIE: In terms of the public service, in terms of the CEO's, in terms of the accountability of CEO's performances. Basically, it's a question of saying that I would admit that the budget is in terms of administrative machinery rather in terms of a political gimmickry. This transcript is taken from a tape recording, and freedom from errors, omissions or misunderstandings cannot be guaranteed.
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