Justine Elliot criticises new 'hidden' NBN tax

RICHMOND MP Justine Elliot has said Malcolm Turnbull is "showing he's keen to copy Tony Abbott's reputation for slugging locals on the North Coast who can least afford it", with a new NBN Tax which started on Sunday.

The NBN Tax, which will hit every new home owner on the North Coast, is hidden in a Government policy document which applies March 1, despite no public announcement from the Liberal National Government, Ms Elliot said this morning.

From March 1, every new home owner will pay an NBN Tax of $600. From July 1, it will increase to $900.

Just before Christmas last year the Liberal National Government released a policy document that included this nasty little surprise for Australians who want to build their own home.

They announced that new home developers will be charged a new $600 deployment charge to be passed onto home buyers, while buyers will be hit with a new $300 NBN connection fee from 1 July.

"The last thing home owners on the North Coast need is a new NBN tax. As if a new GP Tax and Petrol Tax weren't enough, now new home owners will be slugged with an NBN Tax," Ms Elliot said.

"It goes to show that no matter who leads the Liberal National Party - whether its Tony Abbott, Malcolm Turnbull or Julie Bishop - they all support the unfair Budget and they all support slugging those who can least afford it."

"Before the election Tony Abbott said 'What you'll get under us are tax cuts without new taxes'."

"Yet here we are, less than eighteen months into his Prime Ministership and he has given local residents on the North Coast a trifecta of new taxes - an NBN Tax, a GP Tax and Petrol Tax."

"Home prices on the North Coast are already very high. This tax will hit those who can afford it the least-young families just starting out. The last thing new home buyers need is a new NBN tax."

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