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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : July 16th 2009
26 INNER WEST COURIER, Thursday, July 16, 2009 MB OPINION Owen Harris Suzy Majewski Natalie Milanovich Felicia Bugeja Troy Jones As anti-smoking campaigners propose a tax hike on cigarettes, we asked Inner West residents what they think of the Government raising the price of cigarettes to $20 a packet. Taking liberties with health Owen Harris, of Padstow: I'm not sure how it's going to affect me, because I roll my own. I imagine the price is going to go up. I'm not going to stop smoking because it's more expensive; I'll still smoke. I think there are a lot of other things they can tax, or they could just make it illegal. If it's so bad for people, just ban it altogether and be done with it. We all know the health risks, we're going to smoke anyway. Suzy Majewski, of Georges Hall: I think it's pretty hard-hitting and very unfair. It's my choice and my prerogative, just like other things in life. We're living in a mad society. Everyone is obsessed with smoking and weight and obesity. All our free choices have gone out the window. I don't think it'll work. The people who choose to smoke will put their money into cigarettes instead of their families and their kids will miss out. Natalie Milanovich, of Burwood: I think it's stupid. It'll just make people lose more money to the Government. Everyone will keep smoking, they'll just have a big fit about it. People will still smoke the same amount, because cigarettes used to be so cheap and now they're way more expensive and people still smoke. Felicia Bugeja, of Cabarita: I don't think it'll work. If you smoke, you smoke. My older and younger sisters both died because of smoking. But I know another man who's 92 and he's a smoker and he's still healthy. So you never really know. Troy Jones, of Burwood: I think it's a good idea. It'll stop kids from starting, unless they have rich parents. But I thought hiding the packets at service stations would stop them as well, and it didn't. It might stop the unemployed or people that can no longer afford to smoke. Tel: (02) 9716 1800 | Fax: (02) 9716 1911 Customer Service Centre 260 Liverpool Road, Ashfield NSW 2131 email@example.com | www.ashfield.nsw.gov.au 2026880i iww wk3 News from Ashfield Council Rates Information 2009/10 Ashfield Council has received approval from the Minister for Local Government for a Special Rate Variation of 4%, to be applied as an infrastructure levy for the next five years. This infrastructure levy will provide Ashfield Council approximately $3.5 million over the next five years to spend on additional civil infrastructure works such as footpaths, roads and traffic improvements. In 2009/10 Council will spend $261k on Roads & Streetscapes, $85k on the Traffic Management Scheme on Northcote Street & Wolseley Street, $30k on Stage Four of Cecil Herman Reserve and $275k on Building and Amenities. The new rating structure for 2009/10 as approved by the Minister is as below: Residential Base Amount $464.10 Yield $6,935,361 Rate in dollar 0.163524 c/$ Land value Yield $6,935,385 Business Rate in Dollar 0.545734c/$ Land Value (Minimum Rate Levy $479.93) Yield $3,467,903 Environment Levy Base amount $5.10 Yield $80,600 Rate in Dollar 0.0016595c/$ Land Value Yield $80,759 For more information please phone Ashfield Council on 9716 1800. FINANCIAL INFORMATION SERVICE Free Seminars for your financial future AGE PENSION AND YOUR CHOICES Tuesday 28 July 2009 at 6.00pm WORKING BEYOND AGE PENSION AGE Tuesday 28 July 2009 at 7.30pm Burwood RSL Club, 96 Shaftesbury Rd , Burwood Light refreshments will be provided. Bookings are essential. Call 13 6357 for more details or email firstname.lastname@example.org adcorp11703
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