Most of us who live in remote South Australia are content when rain falls from the sky, but the latest tax that fell on us is somewhat confusing. Basically most households in Outback South Australia are now obliged to pay $25.00 for the year, ending 30/06/11.
This is being charged by the Natural Resources Management board, for the stated purpose to “ensure the sustainability of our natural resources”.
Does this mean that all the people who took it upon themselves to eradicate feral animals and noxious plants, etc, can now stop, as they have paid towards a government employee doing it instead.
With everybody paying this tax it would be assumed that there would now be a lot of money to employ plenty of people.
However things look different when checking the figures. A glossy brochure explaining the tax (called a levy) states that the board expects to collect a total of $140,500.00 from this taxing exercise, this is probably less than the annual salary of the person who came up with the proposal, apart from the costs of the brochure.
But does it stop there?
Almost all State Government organisations use a service to handle production and postage of invoicing, the cost of this service is $25.00 per invoice. If correct then this whole tax (levy) on us does not produce any funds for the NRM, it just takes $25.00 from our pockets.
This does not look very “sustainable” to me.
With this sort of decision making any of us could assume that the board members were either volunteers or perhaps gained their position from penal servitude.
It would be ridiculous to think that people who make such decisions are actually being paid.
Board members of Government funded organisations must realise that they should act in a transparent and accountable manner. In private and publicly listed companies, board members are legally liable for the decisions they make.
We should demand that any board members of organisations working in the outback and are paid for it, should be very careful of how they spend other peoples money. If not, they should consider either repaying or resigning.
Signed: Tayifa Porini (SA)
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