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 new tax, which means Australian consumers will pay more every single time they buy something.
AUSTRALIAN CONSUMERS WILL END UP WITH LESS CHOICE
Many overseas sellers will put Australia in the too hard basket and stop selling here. Many of the goods they currently buy will simply not be available to purchase anymore. This will particularly affect regional Australians who, with very limited access to the high street/main street, have far less choice to begin with.
REDUCED COMPETITION AFFECTS AUSTRALIAN CONSUMERS
Competition is one of the best ways to make keep the marketplace fair and affordable for consumers. Because many overseas sellers will stop selling to Australia once the tax comes in, 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.