The Australian Made Campaign has expressed extreme concern at the decision by State and Federal Government Treasurers to defer the issue of GST not applying to online purchases of imported goods costing less than $1000.
Australian Made has been calling for the abolition or reduction of the tax-free threshold since 2012.
Calling it unacceptable, Australian Made Chief Executive, Ian Harrison said that the $1000 threshold, below which GST is not payable on imported goods purchased online, is simply a case of Australian taxation law discriminating against Australian retailers, and through that, Australian manufacturers.
Mr Harrison added that it was a ridiculous and unsustainable policy position to maintain, and State vs Federal politics should not be allowed to interfere with the urgent need to remove the unfair impost on Australian businesses.
Though State and Federal Governments met recently to deal with the issue, they were unable to agree on a way to extend the reach of the GST.