Here are the facts on Kevin Rudd’s desperate attempt to gouge smokers to cover up his budget black hole:
FACT: The tobacco tax is one of the most regressive taxes in Australia, hitting already struggling poorest Australians hardest.
FACT: It won’t raise any revenue. This is the mining tax fiasco all over again.
FACT: Kevin Rudd promised his 2010 tobacco tax would raise an extra $5 billion. In reality, tobacco excise revenue fell
FACT: Deloitte found that the 2010 tobacco tax hike caused the illegal tobacco trade to jump 29%, costing the government $1.1 billion in foregone tobacco excise tax revenue.
FACT: Even the Government’s own implementation report on the 2010 excise tax increase admitted they have no idea if it raised a single cent
FACT: Kevin Rudd’s claim that smokers costs $35 billion is based on a lie
FACT: Smokers pay MUCH MORE than their fair share of tax
FACT: This is bad policy that will hurt struggling Australians, won’t raise a cent, and must be opposed
Click HERE to tell your MP to oppose this tax hike!!!