INVOLVED: Nigel Satterley will host a $1,000-a-plate dinner for Labor leader Mark McGowan in mid-June. Photo: Attila Csaszar

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The Barnett government is coming under pressure from the big end of town.


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Help from unexpected sources? Thankyou Mr. Satterley for speaking out against this oppressive and unjust tax which is destroying the lives of individuals and the viability of small business. I have tried to eek out a living for many years through rental properties. It is virtually impossible. The majority of any money that comes in goes out in rates, land tax and repairs. The WA State Government has also excluded rental property owners from Consumer Protection in breach of the Australian Consumer Law. Last year, on a rental property of $14,000 I was expected to come up with $8,000 in land tax. I have also spoken to small businesses which are being forced to close down as they cannot afford the land tax on yards attached to their businesses. The tax is absolutely outrageous and needs to be abolished. We do not buy property to pay perpetual and unpredictable rent for the same to the Government. Colin Barnett should heed well what happened to Louis XVI when he tried this one on.

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