Preventive Health Agency calls for volumetric tax on cask wine

THE price of a four-litre cask of wine would double to almost $27 under a government agency’s plan to overhaul alcohol taxation. But wine now costing more than $20 a bottle could become cheaper under the plan, which could raise the government around $900 million. The Australian National Preventive Health Agency will today reject calls […]

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Water companies to charge interest on overdue accounts for Melbourne households

MELBOURNE households face another cost-of-living sting, with water companies gaining crucial support to charge interest on overdue accounts. Consumer groups have branded the move a blow for customers. But water businesses are adamant the vulnerable will be protected. The Essential Services Commission has recommended allowing metropolitan providers to charge interest on unrecovered money from next […]

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Beware the building cost of carbon tax

THE introduction of the carbon tax on July 1 has received much attention, with most commentators acknowledging that it will have far-reaching implications. Despite this, Master Builders has been surprisingly unsuccessful in pointing the spotlight at the inevitable impact the carbon tax will have on the cost of building and, in turn, housing affordability. Unlike […]

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