ABC Radio: Rate Capping Interview

02 February 2016

South Australians are hurting under soaring cost of living pressures. 

South Australians are hurting under soaring cost of living pressures. 

In my electorate, the council rates bill of an average property in Hallett Cove is now close to $1,000 more expensive that it was a decade ago, meanwhile many households have seen their incomes stay static or recede in the same time period. 

Last year I persuaded the State Parliament's Economic and Finance Committee to undertake a much needed inquiry into council rates, specifically looking at the possibility of introducing a cap on council rates. Over several committee hearings we have taken evidence from a range of stakeholders; from local councils and the Local Government Association, to individual councillors, the property council, the Australian Service Union and academics. 

It is always an easier option to raise taxes than to exercise leadership and creativity to come up with other solutions and do things differently. I am optimistic that the rate capping inquiry and its forthcoming recommendations will prompt councils to start doing things differently.