If you're a cynical prick, like me, you will know that one of the very few things you can trust the government to do openly and consistently - is to make money. That and perpetuating their own power is pretty much their primary function... after that they look after big business, then other countries with nicer weapons than we've got, then a little bit of looking after finally trickles down to the people who actually voted for them. Sometimes. So here's some fast facts and figures: - In 1994 Labour government introduces Luxury Car Tax -> sales tax of 25% on vehicles which have a sale price of over $57,180.00 - Last financial year, the government raised this tax to 33% [which is around a 30% raise to the tax rate]. - The Liberals are dead against it and have forced it to go to a Senate review. This means it's not set in concrete yet, but the government has told the Australian Tax Office to go enforce this new tax in the meantime; regardless of whether it's legal or not. - Automotive Industry goes WTF? - ATO solution is for dealers to either: a) Charge extra tax on vehicles, pay it if the government's allowed to keep the dodgy tax. b) Don't charge the extra... but run back to customers after a deal has been finalised and ask really really really nicely for an extra 8% of the pruchase price of their vehicle. - "How about you pass a tax properly before gouging money out of us that may create an account keeping nightmare?" - Labour + ATO "Ummmmm no, we'll just keep going with this thanks. Deal with it." - Issue currently under Senate Review and hinges pretty heavily on Steve Bracks' Australian Motor Industry review, which has been submitted to Industry Minister Kim Carr who in turn has DENIED giving copies to any shadow ministers. Because that's not a dead give-away that there's embarrassing information in it at all... <_< However, here's the best part: Labour raised a tax on an item, increasing it's cost, while ASSUMING that sales would in no way be affected. Reality: sales dropped 33% after the introduction of the tax. Total tax revenue: up 8% proportional to previous tax rate. Number of sales: down 33% proportional to previous rate of sales. = less Australians buying nice cars AND less money for the government anyway. Whoopsie daisy! Now let's take our thinking a step further, hmm? New safety technologies are ALWAYS introduced in top of the line vehicles (like say... oh, I dunno; LUXURY CARS for example), before the cheaper ones get it as the technology becomes more readily available. So to summarise; within the last 12 months our brand spanking new Federal Labour government (and our old, reliably incompetent State Labour government) have managed to LOSE revenue from a sales tax, while simultaneouslty forcing people into vehicles that are less safe, while simultaneously tell us the reason people die on the roads is because we are horribly negligent criminals who require intense behavioural modification through the confiscation of revenue. Frickin' great, ay?