Today it's reported that Mike Baird, NSW Treasurer, wants that GST-free threshold for goods bought online from overseas retailers cut to around $30.
Reported in the Herald he talked mainly about the additional revenue the government would collect, and that makes sense.
But he also said it was so that our retailers could compete on a level playing field, repeating that on radio this morning, and that's nonsense.
Buying from overseas gives us a hugely bigger choice and cheaper prices, whether it's online or in person.
A massive problem that Australia has is our ridiculously high costs. Not just for consumers and business here but when we try to compete on the world stage.
But just on retail, Australians are travelling overseas more - nearly five million trips last year - and we see how the range of products and prices leave what we're offered here for dead.
I travel regularly and I haven't bought clothes, digital cameras, perfumes, cosmetics in Australia for years.
Look at these leather jackets: