1 September 2004

The Nationals' Member for Lismore, Thomas George today joined protestors rallying outside State Parliament opposed to the Carr Labor Government's unfair tax hike on the State's clubs.

Mr George said Premier Bob Carr and Treasurer Michael Egan's tax increase on NSW clubs came into effect today.

"The fact that thousands of people from all across the State including Lismore and Casino descended on Macquarie Street today highlights the depth of community concern about Labor's unfair tax," Mr George said.

"Make no mistake, this tax hike will have a devastating affect on clubs in the Lismore Electorate.

"Clubs in the Lismore Electorate provide employment, sporting and entertainment facilities, meeting venues, support for senior citizens and donate to local charities, community groups and junior sporting teams.

"All of these are at risk because local clubs now have to fund this unfair and unsustainable tax hike."

Mr George said a report by the Allens Consulting Group estimated up to 36 local jobs would have to be cut in order for local clubs to meet the tax increases, part of up to 24,000 jobs State-wide.

"Bob Carr and Michael Egan do not care about impact that their tax hike will have on families and the local community," Mr George said.

"It doesn't matter if you're young or old - everyone will be worse off as a result of Labor's tax increase on clubs."

Mr George said the NSW Liberal / National Coalition was committed to working with local clubs for a fairer tax and ensuring the continuation of essential services provided by clubs to local communities.

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Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
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