Web_Levy-rip-offI regret to inform you that the Hon Michael O’Brian MP Treasurer’s comments in last weeks’ paper on the Fire Services Levy are easily demolished. Under the old system, where I paid a tax on a tax, and subsidised non-insurers, I paid a fire services levy of $32.72.

On that property, the current “improved” model sees me paying $356. On another property, with no insurable buildings, I’m now paying $477.95 compared with zero previously. This is the sort of rip off one would normally associate with Labor.

William M Irving, Bena.