|Victorian Premier Steve Bracks (pictured) is not likely to rethink the way the fire services are funded any time soon if his comments on radio station 3AW last week are anything to go by.
Speaking to interviewer Neil Mitchell on his top-rating radio show, Mr Bracks came in for plenty of heat as he disputed that the fire services levy (FSL) is even a tax. He says the money collected by insurance companies for funding the state's fire services doesn't go into consolidated revenue.
"The Australian Bureau of Statistics examines what is a tax and what's not," he said. "This is a levy."
Mr Mitchell described the Premier's justification as nonsense and said if a levy didn't exist then people would have to pay a tax.