Australian Conservatives' SA MLC Rob Brokenshire has responded strongly to SA Labor's final push to get its controversial state bank tax over the line.
Mr Brokenshire told the South Australian Sunday Mail newspaper that the Bill to establish the bank tax is “bad for families, farmers and small business”.
The Mail further claimed that Mr Brokenshire held the view that even a State Government promise to spend the proceeds on restoring Emergency Service Levy remissions would not be enough to redeem it.
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UPDATED 30 October: After 'Dignity Party' MLC Kelly Vincent declared on Sunday morning that the government would spend $41 million on mental health services in return for her vote - a vote she was already going to give in support of the Bill - SA media focussed on Monday morning on the 2 key Conservatives MLCs and one independent MLC's positions. Mr Brokenshire confirmed on 1395 FiveAA talkback radio that the Conservatives would be holding firm in their position - as did the independent Mr Darley. The tax would, therefore, appear to be on the brink of defeat.