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Thousands say 'no to GST'

Thousands say 'no to GST'

Sunday 22 January 2023

Thousands say 'no to GST'

Sunday 22 January 2023

A rally against GST attracted thousands of people on Sunday afternoon - with the town quay as busy as a Liberation Day as the protesters walked from North Beach to Market Square.

Led by the event's organisers, followed by politicians including Deputy Carl Meerveld waving an anti GST flag, it took more than half an hour for the entire group to snake along the quay from the North Beach exit at the Liberation Monument, around the Prince Albert statue, up Quay Street, and through Church Square to the Market.

Above: The organisers of the anti GST rally shared drone footage of the protest.

All age groups were represented with children walking along side their parents and grandparents. 

There were babies in buggies, older adults with mobility aids and many dogs. Families and friends walked together, some with banners and some calling out "no GST" as they passed the Express office at the Picquet House.

Current deputies including those who have publicly opposed the introduction of a goods and services were at the rally, along with douzaineers, business owners, students and retired adults.

Past politicians were seen in the crowd too. 

Above: Deputy John Gollop  was at the rally at the town markets yesterday.

The rally precedes the States debate on the Tax Review which is due to start on Wednesday.

Policy and Resources will present their plans which include a change to the way income tax and social security are levied, as well as the introduction of a GST at 5%.

A sursis motivé - a delaying motion - will be presented for debate by Deputy Carl Meerveld. If that is successful, P&R will have to go away and form a new committee to look at new alternatives to the plans they've presented for debate this week.

If the sursis fails, then alternative proposals from Deputies Charles Parkinson and Heidi Soulsby will be debated. Their proposals include a corporate tax, new savings, and other charges.

The Tax Review is the main item for debate at the States meeting this week so it is likely to open on Wednesday and dominate the full three days scheduled for the meeting.

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