How could such a strongly-united wine industry position be turned down by the Federal Government? Nathan Gogoll unpacks how the campaign for Wine Equalisation Tax rebate reform was set to be rolled out as part of the Federal Budget; cast aside at the 11th hour; and then reintroduced into an upcoming taxation review.
On April 22, South Australian Senator Sean Edwards sent a letter to Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg that contained a long list of reasons (13 dot points) the government should not act upon the WFA’s WET rebate plans. Senator Edwards sent copies of his letter to the Prime Minister, Treasurer, Agriculture Minister and more than a dozen other Coalition MPs and Senators.
Those plans from the WFA called for WET Rebate eligibility to be removed from foreign and bulk wine producers. The intent of the WFA proposal was to achieve savings that could be redirected to marketing funds to boost the promotion of Australian wine. Continue reading