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Tax reform on the agenda for REIWA’s State Election campaign

In the lead up to the 2017 State Election, REIWA will be campaigning for the reform of property taxes to help make home ownership a reality for more West Australians.

REIWA President Hayden Groves said the Institute would be engaging with the WA community via surveys and polls throughout the campaign period.

“It’s incredibly important that the local community have their say on the property issues that affect them. We will be seeking the public’s input on the key items of our campaign agenda to ensure their voice is well represented in the upcoming state election.

“Additionally, we look forward to having conversations with all political parties and working together with them to help address problems around affordability, mobility and choice in the housing sector that are impacted by property taxes,” Mr Groves said.

REIWA will be campaigning for:

  1. The exemption of transfer (stamp) duty for purchases of off-the-plan properties.
  2. No increases to transfer duty or land tax rates.
  3. A commitment from the Government to launch a state tax review for long-term tax reform.

“All West Australians should have a diversity of choice when it comes to affordable and appropriate housing stock. The current state taxes, in particular transfer duty, are a hindrance to buyers moving within the property market. We encourage the State Government to commit to making housing more accessible and affordable for all West Aussies in the next election,” Mr Groves said.

REIWA will be publishing policy fact sheets in the coming weeks and will launch its public surveys early in the New Year.

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