The Road Ahead : August September 2007
+The onboard credit is determined by the bonus package selected, it is non-refundable and non-redeemable for cash. It is only valid for passengers over the age of 13 years. *Fares are cruise only, per person, in AUD, in complete 4 berth and twin cabins based on L-grade inside and E-grade outside, inclusive of all taxes & charges. # Passengers under the age of 21 must travel in the same cabin as their parents/guardian. The group offer is only available on selected voyages. Valid for new bookings only, not combinable with any other offer. P&O Cruises has set aside cabins which are available at these special group fares. Once these cabins are sold, fares may revert to a higher fare or the full fare. Conditions apply. To be read in conjunction with the passage and booking conditions in the P&O Cruises South Pacific and Queensland, Jun 06 - Jan 08 brochure, which passengers will be bound by. Carnival plc trading as P&O Cruises ABN 23 107 998 443. 2TA 5580. Issued June 2007. BRCVL1456. Contact RACQ's Cruise Consultants on 1300 888 449 or visit racq.com ASK US ABOUT OUR OTHER MEMBER DISCOUNTED CRUISES! BRISBANE WALA VILA ISLE OF PINES MYSTERY ISLAND NOUMEA 4 berth inside from $1242* 4 berth outside from $1323* twin berth inside from $1887* twin berth outside from $2049* 18 DEC 07 -- N740# 9 NIGHTS -- New Caledonia and Vanuatu WHITSUNDAYS WILLIS ISLAND PORT DOUGLAS CAIRNS BRISBANE 4 berth inside from $954* 4 berth outside from $1011* twin berth inside from $1497* twin berth outside from $1611* 17MAY08--N820 7 NIGHTS -- Queensland SAVE 40% UP TO + RECEIVE UP TO $75 ON BOARD CREDIT+ AUG/SEP 07 3 Duty calls "... most people will soon have to pay higher government charges for the privilege of downsizing..." EDITOR The State Government has announced that stamp duty on vehicle purchases will be revised (read 'increased') from next Januar y under a new "environmentally friendly rating system". "We think we have come up with a new system of motor vehicle duty that will encourage smaller cylinder purchasing for new cars," Premier Beattie said. In these times of increasing concern about climate change, we can all breathe a sigh of relief that the government will encourage us to buy smaller, more environmentally friendly cars -- by making almost all of them more expensive. Currently, stamp duty adds 2 percent to car purchase transactions (e.g. $400 for a $20,000 vehicle). From Januar y, only hybrid vehicles will stay at 2 percent. The government fee for four-cylinder cars will rise to 3 percent (e.g. $600 for a $20K vehicle), 3.5 percent for six-cylinder cars and 4 percent for eight-cylinder cars. Perhaps they failed to notice that thousands of car buyers during the past two years have already made the decision to downsize without the government's 'help'. Sales of new large passenger and 4WD vehicles have declined by around 15 to 20 percent, while the market share of light and small vehicles has increased by similar levels. Smaller cars now account for one in ever y three new car sales in Queensland. Pity, then, that most people will soon have to pay higher government charges for the privilege of downsizing to more environmentally friendly vehicles. There are four cars (seven if you include model variations) that match the hybrid Toyota Prius's enviable five-star emissions rating under the Federal Government's Green Vehicle Guide. None will share the hybrid's 2 percent stamp duty 'break'. There are 10 cars (24 if you include model variations) that match the 4.5 star emissions rating of the hybrid Honda Civic, Lexus GS450 and Lexus RX400, yet they'll all attract more stamp duty. As RACQ pointed out publicly at the time of the Premier's announcement, with continuing high fuel prices, increasing stamp duty on both new and used vehicles will make things tougher for motorists, without providing any environmental benefit. The government could have reduced stamp duty for all four-and-a-half and five star emissions rated cars. That's an environmental initiative.
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