WHY IS IT BAD FOR AUSTRALIAN CONSUMERS?
A GST on all overseas goods means overseas sellers will simply raise their prices to cover the cost of the GST and extra administration, which means Australian consumers will pay more every single time they buy something.
AUSTRALIAN CONSUMERS WILL END UP WITH LESS CHOICE
Many overseas online vendors and marketplaces will put Australia in the too hard basket and stop selling here. Many of the goods we currently buy will simply no longer be available to purchase in this country. We’ll go back to being a land of limited shopping options and higher prices.
REGIONAL AUSTRALIA WILL PAY THE PRICE
If online marketplaces and overseas vendors pull out of Australia, this will particularly affect the millions of regional Australians who have far less shopping choice and access to begin with. They will end up paying even more with less choice and competition to keep prices down.
AUSTRALIANS COULD MISS OUT ON CONSUMER PROTECTIONS
Trusted online marketplaces offer Australian buyers certain consumer guarantees and protections. If the Government forces these marketplaces to start charging GST, many Australians will give them a miss and start shopping directly with overseas vendors. That means less GST for Australia, and less protection from shonky sellers.
REDUCED COMPETITION AFFECTS AUSTRALIAN CONSUMERS
Competition is one of the best ways to keep the marketplace fair and affordable for consumers. Because many overseas vendors will stop selling to Australia once the GST is added, Australia will go back to being an island where global sellers put our country in the too hard basket. This means less or no shipping to Australia. Restricted choice, competition and higher prices. It’s bad for Aussie consumers.