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Taxing the life out of the city

The Weatherill Labor Government needs to reform its punitive tax regime if it wants to see more small businesses trading in the city on match days at Adelaide Oval.

"Rather than complaining that small businesses aren’t opening when it’s not profitable for them to do so the Weatherill Government needs to reduce the tax burden it imposes on those small businesses," said Shadow Minister for Tourism David Ridgway.

"Reducing the burden of payroll tax and land tax on small businesses and easing the exorbitant WorkCover levy would create greater incentive for cafes, restaurants and bars to open their doors on the weekend.

"Tourism Minister Leon Bignell has again highlighted just how ignorant the Weatherill Labor Government is about how difficult it is for businesses operating in a high cost jurisdiction," Mr Ridgway said.

A recent KPMG Report comparing the international cost of doing business has confirmed that South Australia is a high-cost jurisdiction under Premier Weatherill and Labor.

The 2014 Competitive Alternatives Report reveals that out of 131 cities surveyed found that Adelaide was ranked as the 2nd most expensive city in the world in its population bracket. It also found that only 21 cities in the world were more expensive for doing business than Adelaide.

"In 2004, Adelaide was the 10th lowest cost city – in 2014, we are the 110th lowest cost city and that is strangling small businesses operating throughout the CBD," said Mr Ridgway.

"As Tourism Minister Leon Bignell also needs to grasp how Labor’s high tax regime is impacting on tourism numbers in South Australia if he is going to turn around our very poor tourism numbers.

"Tourism Research Australia figures released in December showed tourism down yet again with South Australia recording the lowest number of overnight visitors and the lowest number of visitor nights of any mainland State."

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