I've posted about this before on RP but I feel compelled to do it again. Forget Gerry Harvey, all small businesses like ours ever wanted was a level playing field. We spent years being crucified by OUR OWN GOVERNMENT which allowed imports up to $1000 to be imported duty and gst-free while at the same time we had to charge GST on EVERY sale we made and pay duty on items we imported.
I still remember some time ago he said he was losing sales because people weren't paying GST on overseas purchases. Yes Gerry, they're not buying your stuff at double the overseas price (at the time) because of a 10% difference.He got his way though, Ebay etc are responsible for collecting the GST on overseas sales despite the fact that it doesn't make much difference if the item is 50% cheaper than what Gerry is selling it for.
Finally the government saw sense - who would have thunk it that it is better for a local firm to make a sale and keep at least some of the $$$ on shore instead of just sending it all OS - and changed the rules
The government was then pleasantly surprised to find a big windfall in GST receipts as all those clever people in the public service had massively underestimated the increase in tax receipts that would come as a result of the change in the rules
The whingers keep bleating about actually having to pay their way and blame big bad Gerry for costing them a mere fraction of their fat salaries but it is just common sense, nothing more, nothing less.
I'm not arguing with you, its only fair enough. If only that kind of equality could be applied to everything with the stroke of a pen.
The business I work for competes head-to-head with cheaper Asian imports only we're hobbled by excessive rents and rates, (soon to be) 12.5% guaranteed superannuation right on top of wages, worker's compensation, payroll tax, all the wonderful trimmings like environmental compliance requiring constant upgrades PLUS one of the world's highest electricity prices (around 35 cents kw/h versus around 8 or 10 cents in competing countries). Plus direct theft of intellectual property and R&D, plus having to pay five times the wages that our competitors do... plus plus plus.
This country is an absolute joke to try and run a viable business in, the only kinds of profitable businesses are entrenched oligopolies 'too big to fail' like Woolies, Coles, the Big Four Banks, etc., hospitality, farming etc where they can get away with paying below award wages and industries directly funded or subsidised by the government (think NDIS, health, construction). The spine of this country that provides most of the jobs - small to medium enterprises (especially the ones that export) are completely stuffed, they just can't compete on this imaginary 'level playing field'.
COVID in many cases is just going to be the thing that finishes them off, that's all.