BY MICHELLE CARNOVALE
IN just 18 days Oakleigh voters will head to the polling booths to vote in their next state representative.
This week Leader asked the candidates for their views on stamp duty, which continues to plague Victorian homebuyers at a much greater cost than the rest of Australia.
Oakleigh Greens candidate Eleanor Whyte said a “fairer system” was needed for collecting tax “uniformly across the country”.
She said the Greens had called on the next government to implement the recommendations of the Henry Tax Review, released by the Federal Government in May, which suggests abolishing stamp duty.
Incumbent Oakleigh Labor MP Ann Barker said, in a written statement, the tax had been cut by “nearly $2 billion” since the Government was elected in 1999.
She cited announced cuts of $200 million to payroll tax that would “ensure we keep creating jobs in Victoria” and benefit homebuyers, who “need stable jobs”.
Liberal candidate Theo Zographos said he would “work with the Coalition team to support Oakleigh families”.
“Victoria has the highest rates of stamp duty in Australia so as median house prices continue to rise, homebuyers are being slapped with higher stamp duty bills,” he said.
Mr Zographos said the party would release its policy on stamp duty soon and could not comment on whether the tax would be cut.
Opposition Leader Ted Baillieu, in Monash twice last week for major announcements, said a Coalition government would spend $29.3 million to give Victorian primary students access to world-class maths and science specialists and extra teachers with a degree in science.