Due to the proposed introduction of Rate Capping many Councils are getting out of Child Care and Home Care. These jobs will go to private enterprise or not for profit organisations which employ staff on the award. Women who continue to work in these industries will experience significant pay cuts as well the loss of conditions/entitlements such as paid parental leave, flexible working arrangements and family violence leave which enable them to participate in the workforce. This will increase the Gender Pay Gap. How can the government introduce Rate Capping when you claim to support Gender Pay Equity and oppose Family Violence?

user picture Michelle June · 4 years ago · 179 votes · 11 comments
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Good question. I would add that capping rates also prevents councils from tackling many important issues. We currently have low taxing federal and state governments, so revenue is desperately needed. Rates are a way of taxing assets, many of which are negatively geared. Councils need to address community safety, problem gambling, greening our urban heat islands and many other neglected areas. Despite what Scott Morrison says, we do have a revenue problem. So why limit it?
Tim Read · 4 years ago
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There are many commentators that have argued that rate capping will force local governments to be more efficient and less wasteful. Whilst this rhetoric is a popular view, as far as I know, there has been little or no evidence of waste or inefficiencies. Many people seem keen to vilify LG without understanding the breadth of work it does to make Victorian communities better places. In my experience Council provide a huge range of high quality services to the community that are highly valued, such in the areas of children's services, libraries, road maintenance and, of course, rubbish. In my view, the value that local government adds to community goes well beyond the rates that is collected. Can the minister please provide the details of what the evidence is that there is broad waste and inefficiency that has led to this policy position? The reality is that those Local Governments that have tried to keep rates to a minimum are the very communities that will be first and greatest affected.
lucas gosling · 4 years ago
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Council is here to supply the services that the rate payers need and services that are mandated by State Government. It is not Council's job to over pay and over service their staff. Any service that can be provided by a "private contractor" ought to be provided by a private contractor. This will ensure that costs are kept as low as possible. Councils are "employed" by their rate payers and under the LGA must provide cost effective services. Rate capping will not reduce anyone's wages, but it will hopefully, reduce the wastage that has been allowed to continue for the last 2 decades.
Lake Bolac Caravan Park · 4 years ago
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Is this emotive statement correct that it is simply because of rate capping that Councils have been getting out of Child Care and Home Care. This has been occurring for many years long before rate capping was even thought of. Perhaps there are other reasons not just rate capping.
Alan Nelsen · 4 years ago
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I have been involved with council budgeting for over 10 years and can assure you that the things you mention are just scare tactics being used by peak bodies for the councils who are trying to stop rate capping. Council spending has been out of control for decades and it is time for them to have some financial constraint just like in the private sector.
joe lenzo · 4 years ago
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YES agreed with Joe - their typical media manipulation tactics. The rate capping policy does allow Councils to vary from capped rates to justify important service spends - however they must show that they have effectively consulted their communities and share a convincing business case. Don't fall into their propaganda fallacies.
Chan Cheah · 4 years ago
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Rates should not only be capped but reduced to compensate ratepayers for years of excessive gouging by councils. Excessive staff, overpaid management and overseas junkets add to the ever increasing burden on ratepayers. I believe that we need to reduce our levels of government to one or two, not three as at present.
Peter Midwood · 4 years ago
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I don't want to have a reduction in my council services! My recycles are collected fortnightly. I don't want my rubbish collected every 2 weeks as well. Plus the council keep our parks and nature strips clean and tidy. Who will look after these if rate capping reduces council services? I am happy to pay rates for quality services. Don't cap rates if it means job losses and less services.
Merri Blair · 4 years ago
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i have been involved in this issue from the start and can assure you that there is not a reason in the world why services to be reduced. only asking councils to do proper financial control just like companies in the private sector.
joe lenzo · 4 years ago
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Why are women losing 30% of pay???
Martin McDonald · 4 years ago
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they are not. they are not paid fairly to start with. not the same pay as for a man.
joe lenzo · 4 years ago
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