Only 29 cents going the government’s way in my first real GST transaction.

Hmm, so this is the brave new world of GST
is it? I think I’ve come to the conclusion that GST is the government’s way of moving the work of tax collection from the ATO to just about everyone who runs a business.

Well, my first GST-compliant transaction was at the supermarket this morning. With basic food items being untaxed, I think I did fairly well – of the seven items costing around $15, only two of the items got taxed, for a total of 29 cents. So suffer in your jocks, Costello!

I didn’t go on a mad shopping frenzy before today, though I did take the opportunity to buy some new shoes and clothes. And I stocked up on Metcards.

Anyway, I spent most of the rest of today using up crazy amounts of bandwidth on the cable modem – basically downloading huge files for the hell of it. Mostly video; one site I found has links to loads of movie trailers, but the best find by far was the hilarious Angry Kid, from Aardman Animations, but quite unlike their more well known Wallace And Gromit. And definitely not suitable for children – swearing, violence, toilet humour, blood, bones – all that good stuff!

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.