A new tax on five Australian banks, proposed by the South Australian Government, is an “outrageous cash grab” without policy substance, according to the Australian Bankers’ Association chief executive, Anna Bligh.
She stressed that states were not responsible for banking policy so there was absolutely no policy reason for this announcement, other than a need for the South Australian Government to raise revenue.
“Let me be clear – it is not the job of banks to prop up government budget shortfalls,” she said.
“Today’s announcement is the worst possible signal to the business community in South Australia and will make South Australia less competitive, potentially driving jobs to other states.”
Bligh also said the banks impacted by this proposal were paying full corporate tax and the Federal Government had just passed a new bank tax and the South Australian Government was trying to impose a third state tax.
“Tax policy in Australia is now becoming a joke at the whim of political opportunism and South Australia is trying to impose triple dipping for bank taxation.”