MELBOURNE — The Australian automobile industry is becoming increasingly concerned about the twin effects of the planned Goods and Service Tax (GST) and rising imports of used vehicles. If it can get the legislation through the Senate — where two independents control the balance of power — the government plans to introduce a 10% GST on July 1, 2000. At the same time, it will abolish the 22% wholesale tax now imposed on new vehicles resulting in an effective price drop of between 6% and ...

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